Patchwork / Ellen Banda-Aaku
- Banda-Aaku, Ellen
- Johannesburg : Penguin Books (South Africa), 2011.
- Physical Description:
- viii, 216 pages ; 20 cm.
- Penguin African writers
- "Lusaka. 1978. Pumpkin is nine years old. Her fashionable mother is the queen of Tudu Court, but underneath the veneer of respectability that her father's money provides lies a secret that threatens their whole world - the tall, elegant Totela Ponga is a drunk. And when Pumpkin's father--the wealthy businessman JS--discovers her mother's alcoholism it sent in motion a chain of events that come to define the rest of her life. Weaving together the stories of three generations of women, this novel is a patchwork of love, jealousy and human frailty set against a background of war and political ambition. It is a remarkable journey that takes us deep into the heart of a family both fractured and bound together by their love for one man."--Back cover.
"Destined from birth to inhabit two very different worlds -- that of her father, the wealthy Joseph Sakavungo,and that of her mother, his mistress -- this emotive tale takes us to the heart of a young girl's attempts to come to terms with her own identity and fashion a future for herself from the patchwork of the life she was born into. Beautifully constructed, warm and wise, this is a novel that will transport the reader to a world in which we can all become more of the sum of our parts."--Provided by publisher.
- 9780143527534 (pbk.)
- Source of Acquisition:
- Purchased with funds from the Paterno Libraries Endowment (Campus College Libraries); 2014
- Penguin Prize for African Writing, 2010.
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