In apartheid South Africa, a poor Jewish girl and a ‘white kaffir’ form a lifetime friendship.
When Frieda first met Min, with her golden hair and ivory bones, what struck her most was that Min was wearing a pair of African sandals, the sort made out of old car tyres. She was a silent, unhappy girl, dumped on Frieda’s exuberant family in Johannesburg for the summer of 1964 so that her mother could go off with her new husband. In a way, Min and Frieda were both outsiders - Min, raised in the bush by her idealistic doctor father, and Frieda, daughter of a poor Jewish saxophone player who lived almost on top of a native neighborhood. The two girls, thrown together - the ‘white kaffir’ and the poor Jewish girl - formed a strange but loyal friendship, a friendship that was to last even through the terrible years of oppression and betrayal during the time of South Africa under Apartheid.
Pamela Jooste was born in Cape Town, where she still lives. She is the author of four critically acclaimed novels: Frieda and Min, Like Water in Wild Places, People Like Ourselves and Dance with a Poor Man’s Daughter, her first novel, which won the Commonwealth Best First Book Award for the African Region; the Samlam Literary Award, and the Book Data South African Booksellers’ Choice Award.
Perceptive and sensitive and extremely funny','One of the new breed of women writers in South Africa who are telling our story with such power and talent','A novel that everyone should read..has that rare ability to be both moving and funny…deserves all the praise that it will surely get'