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Marius du Plessis Reviews The Spiral House by Claire Robertson

The Spiral House Verdict: carrot

The Spiral House tells two stories. The first: The year is 1794 and Katrijn van de Caab, a freed slave, travels with her wigmaker employer/friend from Cape Town to the remote Vogelzang. It is here, on the beautiful, verdant farm, where Katrijn (or Trijn, then) makes friends and enemies, falls in love, and in truth comes to learn who she is.

The second story takes place 200 years later, and tells the tale of Sister Vergilius, a nun at a mission hospital in the northern reaches of South Africa–a South Africa on the precipice of Apartheid.

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