The Lies We Shared
For Rebecca Falconer the past truly is another country. Two countries, in fact. Zimbabwe and Rhodesia. And while her present may be tied to the new, makeshift life she has built for herself in London, her heart remains rooted in the red earth of Glencoe - the farm she grew up on in the Eastern Highlands, now appropriated under Robert Mugabe's land reform programme. However, while the past seems to offer assurance in the face of an unpredictable future, things are not always as they seem. When her mother dies unexpectedly, Rebecca begins a journey that will lead her back to a very different time - 1950s Kenya in the grip of the Mau Mau uprising. Confronted by the modern reality of the country that her mother once called home, Rebecca tries to come to terms with her own feelings about the woman who raised her. But, as she searches for a way of finally laying her mother's ghost to rest, a disturbing truth comes to light that will call into question the very foundations of her family's identity.
- Electronic book text
- 01 Oct 2012
- Penguin Books (SA) (Pty) Ltd
- The Penguin Group (SA) (Pty) Ltd
- Parklands, South Africa
About Sarah Penny
Sarah Penny was born in Cape Town in 1970 and educated at the University of Cape Town and Rhodes before completing an MLitt in Creative Writing at St Andrews University, Scotland. She lives in London and is creative writing tutor at Brunel University as well as working part-time for the Open University. Her travelogue and first book, The Whiteness of Bones, was published in 1997 and her first novel, The Beneficiaries, was published in 2002 (shortlisted for the Sunday Times fiction prize 2003). She also writes short stories and contributes to a variety of publications, including The Guardian Unlimited and The Journal of Post-Colonial Writing.