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October by Zoe Wicomb

October by Zoe Wicomb

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A letter from her brother Jake calls Mercia back to Kliprand, the parched dorp she left for a life in Scotland years ago. Had she not been abandoned by her partner of twenty-four years, Mercia might never have returned to Namaqualand and its reminders of Meester - her stern and unforgiving father.

In Kliprand, she finds a broken Jake who has turned his back on his young son, wanting her to remove the boy to Scotland. But what secrets haunt this family, and what sense is there to make of this thorny place called home? Zoe Wicombs October is a moving family history and an incisive commentary on what it means to belong.

ISBN 9781415207062
Format Hardback
Author Zoe Wicomb
Title October
Publisher Umuzi; Random House Struik
270 pages
Read a conversation with the author in The Johannesburg Review of Books
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Rochelle Coetsee
October by Zoe Wicomb

By examining what makes one place a home rather than another, October investigates the ideas of belonging and home. Many times, people who experience conflicting emotions toward their place of residence do so for very legitimate reasons. This is due to childhood trauma in Mercia Murray's instance, as it is in so many others.

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