How long does it take for scars to heal? How long does it take for a scarred memory to fester and rise to the surface? For Marubini, the question is whether scars ever heal when you forget they are there to begin with. Marubini is a young woman who has an enviable life in Cape Town, working at a wine farm and spending idyllic days with her friends... until her past starts spilling into her present. Something dark has been lurking in the shadows of Marubini’s life from as far back as she can remember. It’s only a matter of time before it reaches out and grabs at her. The Yearning is a memorable exploration of the ripple effects of the past, of personal strength and courage, and of the shadowy intersections of traditional and modern worlds. ‘A bewitching addition to the current South African literary boom. Mohale Mashigo tells her story with charming lucidity, disarming characterisation, subversive wisdom and subtle humour.’ – ZAKES MDA

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Namibian.com.na

23 Feb 2017
7.0
As far as opening lines go, “my mother died seven times before she gave birth to me” is about as good as it gets. Giving just enough away to create suspense and at once thrusting the reader into her world, Mohale Mashigo’s debut novel ̵ ...
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Africa Book Link

23 Feb 2017
8.0
“The Yearning never stops till we embrace everything that brought us here. In our quiet denial, The Yearning devours us,” explains the narrator and protagonist at the beginning of Mohale Mashigo’s novel, The Yearning (2016). Marubini Khumalo te ...
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City Press

23 Feb 2017
8.0
‘Sometimes I wish Baba was still alive. I loved him before and after he became a snake. He always seemed to know the story that lurked behind my eyes. ‘You are going to be stuck between green and blue one day, Marubini. The past and future will s ...
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Mbokodo Dialoues

23 Feb 2017
6.0
Dubbed as unputdownable – I went in on it with much excitement.Remember I confessed that I hadn’t read in such along time? Well this book had me at the first sentence until the last. The first part of this book was fully understood at the ending ...
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The Book Musings

23 Feb 2017
6.0
The Yearning is the debut novel of South African author, Mohale Mashigo. It tells the story of Marubini, a young African girl who is living a beautiful and fulfilled life, working at a prestigious wine farm, living in beautiful Cape Town (the most be ...
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The Daily Vox

23 Feb 2017
7.0
Mohale Mashigo’s book, The Yearning, is one that takes the reader on a journey into the life of a young woman who has an endless yearning. The novel provides various possibilities for this yearning, and is set in the dusty streets of Soweto and Pie ...

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Publisher:

Pan Macmillan South Africa

ISBN:

978-1-770-10483-9

Language:

English

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