Another Woman’s Daughter by Fiona Sussman


As the racial tensions of South Africa during apartheid being to explode, Celia Mphephu realizes she is no longer able to keep her young daughter safe. For years she was a black servant working in the white suburbs and led a somewhat comfortable life, but her employers decide to flee to England and they make Celia a proposal she can not refuse. They want to take young Miriam with them. The choice is heartbreaking, but she knows it will provide her daughter with a life full of opportunity.

Miriam must grow up in a world in which she does not belong. In her new English home she faces racism at every turn. This world is not the fairy tale her mother imagined. Another Woman’s Daughter follows the story of these two women as they struggle to find themselves and hold their ground in a world of turmoil and tension.  Eventually Miriam knows she must return to Africa and find her mother to understand who she is and the secret she holds.

It has been a long time since I read a book in one sitting, but I could not put this book down. The story is beautifully written and fast moving.  It is a testament to the strength of women, and a tribute to mothers and daughters.  My heart ached for both women. Fiona Sussman paints a beautiful landscape and touches you with her writing in the place that connects all humans to each other.

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