Star of the Morning
By (author) Pamela Jooste
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Star of the Morning by Pamela Jooste
Book Description'I knew then that there were some things not even Ruby could keep from me for ever and this was one of them. We were coloured girls in a white world that didn't want us.' Born on the wrong side of a racial divide in apartheid-torn Cape Town, young sisters Ruby and Rose exist in a world where they are not welcome. As part of the Cape Coloured community they are considered socially inferior, yet even within their own social group the sisters live down the poor end of town. Their father was killed when they were very small, so when their mother dies after a protracted illness. Ruby and Rose's fate falls into the hands of Aunt Olive. Ruby knows without being told that their aunt's home will not be opened up to them - charity does not extend to the poor relations who would cast a smudge on such a respectable house. Aunt Olive condemns her nieces to the local orphanage, relieving her conscience with monthly invitations to Sunday lunch. In the orphanage the girls grow up sheltered from a divided world that they do not yet fully understand, but the day approaches when Ruby and Rose must forge their own paths in life and confront the lessons that apartheid enforces. Like the award-winning "Dance with a Poor Man's Daughter", this beautifully observed novel of sisterly love once again displays Pamela Jooste's poignant understanding of human nature.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780552773607
(198mm x 128mm x 24mm)
Imprint: Black Swan
Publisher: Transworld Publishers Ltd
Publish Date: 11-Feb-2008
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Pamela Jooste
Frieda and Min, Paperback (July 2014)
When Frieda first met Min, with her golden hair and ivory bones, what struck her most was that Min was wearing a pair of African sandals, the sort made out of old car tyres. She was a silent, unhappy girl, dumped on Frieda's exuberant family in Johannesburg for the summer of 1964 so that her mother could go off with her new husband.
Dance with a Poor Man's Daughter, Paperback (January 1999)» View all books by Pamela Jooste
Shows the vivid and vigorous culture of the Cape Coloured community at the time when apartheid threatened its destruction, as seen through the sharp yet loving eyes of eleven-year-old Lily. As Lily's beautiful but angry mother returns to Cape Town, determined to fight for justice for her family, so the story of Lily's past - and future - erupts.
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Author Biography - Pamela Jooste
Pamela Jooste was born in Cape Town, where she still lives. Her first novel, Dance with a Poor Man's Daughter, won the Commonwealth Best First Book Award for the African Region; the Samlam Literary Award and the Book Data South African Booksellers' Choice Award. Her other novels, Frieda and Min, Like Water in Wild Places and People Like Ourselves, were equally well received and are all published by Black Swan.
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