Compelling and heart-wrenching, Evening Primrose, explores issues of race, poverty and gender in post-apartheid South Africa through the eyes of a junior doctor.
A searing, insightful new novel from 'South Africa's Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie' (Bookseller) that explores issues of race, poverty and gender.
Told in the form of a one-sided conversation with God, Evening Primrose is the story of Masechaba, a young woman who achieves her childhood dream of becoming a doctor, yet soon faces the stark reality of South Africa's healthcare system.
As she leaves her deeply religious mother and makes friends with the politically-minded Nyasha, Masechaba's eyes are opened to rising xenophobic tension in the shadow of the apartheid.
Battling her own personal demons, she must decide if she should make a stand to help her friend, even if it comes at a high personal cost.
About the Author
Kopano Matlwa Mabaso is a South African author whose bestselling first novel, Coconut , written when she was 21 years old, went on to in the European Union Literary Award and was joint winner of the Wole Soyinka Prize for Literature in Africa. Her second novel, Spilt Milk made the long list for the 2011 Sunday Times Fiction Prize. Matlwa is also winner of Aspen Ideas Award for medical innovation and is currently reading for a DPhil in Population Health at the University of Oxford, as a Rhodes Scholar. Her third novel Evening Primrose will be published by Sceptre in 2017.
'Matlwa is South Africa's Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie.' - Rosie Rowell, The Bookseller
It's a daring and uniquely South African story. - Marie Claire, South Africa on COCONUT
Matlwa is obviously a talent to be reckoned with . . . This is sassy, in-your-face, intelligent writing. - The Witness, South Africa, on COCONUT
One of the most culturally relevant reads of the year - City Press, South Africa, on COCONUT