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Jane Rosenthal Reviews Son-in-law of the Boere by Nape ‘a Motana

Son-in-law of the BoereVerdict: carrot

This cheerful but realistic novel examines the right of young people to make personal choices that are different from those of their parents and their communities. It looks at change and transformation close to home — and in the heart. It’s a plainly told story, but swift, detailed and flowing.

Set in Pretoria five years after 1994, it recounts the courtship of Kgoroto Mashoboleng, known as KK, and Katryn. KK has spent four years teaching in his own village in Limpopo but has moved to a racially mixed high school in Pretoria. When he leaves the village he also jilts the girl he has been expected to marry.

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