Tuesday, August 09, 2005

"Truths that heal"

“Having grown up in Rhodesia, a country that was on the verge of racial war in the 1960s, I am intimately familiar with what it means to live on the razor's edge of taboo, with early breath-catching awareness of things you didn't ask, places you didn't go. Gien has authentically recreated the unexpected terrors and confusion that once came with growing up white in South Africa, where hate was dense and palpable. At the same time, she acknowledges the senseless brutalities inflicted on millions simply because they were black. For that, she deserves accolades. Hers, one hopes, are truths that heal.”

From “Childhood in Black and White”
Book Review by Wendy Kann of The Synringa Tree by Pamela Gien
Sunday, August 6, 2006; BW06
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