Wednesday, April 2, 2008
Book launch/signing in Rosebank
Jo-Anne Richards is an internationally acclaimed author of three novels and five collections of short stories. She has worked as a journalist for a number of local and international publications, and is now a lecturer of journalism to Honours students at the University of Witwatersrand.
About the Book
My Brother’s Book tells a story of betrayal and atonement that spans the lives of two siblings from their nomadic childhood in the Eastern Cape in the 1960s, to their adulthood in 2004 in Johannesburg. While the nation struggles to come to terms with its past, Lily struggles with her guilt about her careless betrayal of her brother, Tom, which destroyed his life and their relationship. Tom confronts this fraught past by writing a memoir. But both Lily, and Tom’s former lover Miranda, take issue with the way his book remembers their shared pasts. The two women begin to unravel "the way it really was". They tell a story of love and loss, of revolutionary fervour – and failure.
Jo-Anne Richards has written a poignant and evocative tale of the ways in which seemingly minute choices can destroy lives and relationships. My Brother’s Book explores the most intimate aspects of betrayal and deception set against the backdrop of a nation striving to understand the consequences of its terrible and traumatic past. My Brother’s Book is both tragic and intensely hopeful as it charts its characters’ paths from guilt and betrayal to atonement and redemption.
Above text from a press release.
Date: 9 April
Venue: Exclusive Books, Rosebank Mall
cONTACT: Exclusive Books on 011 447 3028
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