In Always Another Country, Sisonke Msimang writes about her exile childhood in Zambia, Kenya and Canada, her college years in the USA, and returning to South Africa in the 1990s. She reflects candidly on present-day South Africa, but this is a book about family, romance and motherhood; of childhood jealousies and adult passions, and what it means to be born into a life scored by history. Her memoir is a chronicle of a coming of age, for both a woman and a young democracy.

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Critical Consensus: Generally favorable.
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Nasty Women

08 Dec 2017
8.0
"The story is riveting and keeps you wanting to dip back in for more. The use of language is a formidable force to be reckoned with – sentences are skilfully, beautifully constructed..." ...
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Mail & Guardian

24 Oct 2017
7.0
"This book raises questions about the politics of memory in a country that is finally confronting its collective memory." ...
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The Daily Vox

19 Oct 2017
8.0
"The book is written as a collection of personal reflections and details the places that exile took her and her family to. The form and content of Always Another Country complement each other beautifully; the result is a text that not only draws you ...
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IOL

18 Oct 2017
9.0
"I wish to inform you then that Always Another Country is not one of those books. You always get the sense that unlike the rest, Msimang has something to lose from the words crafted on the pages. There is nothing dispassionate nor clinical about her ...
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The Con Magazine

06 Dec 2017
9.0
"Msimang is able to mobilise the genre of memoir in this way to think through deeper political, philosophical and existential questions about how race, class and gender can configure with one’s sense of belonging, especially if, as in her instance, ...

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Published:

October 2, 2017

Publisher:

Jonathan Ball

ASIN:

B0764NCX1G

Language:

English

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