Afroze arrives in Brighton to find that her mother, Sylvie―who was a doctor and a fierce activist during the dark days of the anti-apartheid struggle―is a shadow of her formidable self, but Sylvie has still retained her sarcasm and anger toward the daughter that she sent away. Somehow, Sylvie cannot draw her daughter close, even facing the looming threat of her own mortality. She remains in the cottage of Afroze’s childhood, frozen in a world where she surrounds herself with luxury and garish indulgences, cared for by the fiercely protective Halaima, a Malawian refugee. Especially painful for Afroze is the love and affection that Sylvie showers on Bibi, Halaima’s pampered and precocious daughter―love which she could never give her own daughter. A moving novel about the complexities of family ties, The Architecture of Loss beautifully explores the ways in which the anti-apartheid struggle―a struggle in which the roles of women have been largely overlooked―irrevocably damaged many of its unsung heroes.

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Chronic Bibliophilia 22 Aug 2017

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"Z.P. Dala has written an interesting story based on a plot-line that, at its base, is familiar and predictable – the return of a child to a dying and estranged parent’s bedside – but whose details give it cultural and political depth and fresh ...

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July 4, 2017

Publisher:

Pegasus Books

ISBN:

978-1-681-77443-5

Language:

English

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