Star Of The Morning

Star Of The Morning

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'I knew then that there were some things not even Ruby could keep from me for ever and this was one of them. We were coloured girls in a white world that didn't want us.' Born on the wrong side of a racial divide in apartheid-torn Cape Town, young sisters Ruby and Rose exist in a world where they are not welcome. As part of the Cape Coloured community they are considered socially inferior, yet even within their own social group the sisters live down the poor end of town. Their father was killed when they were very small, so when their mother dies after a protracted illness Ruby and Rose's fate falls into the hands of Aunt Olive. Ruby knows without being told that their aunt's home will not be opened up to them - charity does not extend to the poor relations who would cast a smudge on such a respectable house. Aunt Olive condemns her nieces to the local orphanage, relieving her conscience with monthly invitations to Sunday lunch. In the orphanage the girls grow up sheltered from a divided world that they do not yet fully understand, but the day approaches when Ruby and Rose must forge their own paths in life and confront the lessons that apartheid enforces. Like the award-winning Dance with a Poor Man's Daughter, this beautifully observed novel of sisterly love once again displays Pamela Jooste's poignant understanding of human nature.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 400 pages
  • 126 x 196 x 32mm | 281.23g
  • Transworld Publishers Ltd
  • Black Swan
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0552773603
  • 9780552773607
  • 765,243

About Pamela Jooste

Pamela Jooste was born in Cape Town, where she still lives. Her first novel, Dance with a Poor Man's Daughter, won the Commonwealth Best First Book Award for the African Region; the Samlam Literary Award and the Book Data South African Booksellers' Choice Award. Her other novels, Frieda and Min, Like Water in Wild Places and People Like Ourselves, were equally well received and are all published by Black Swan.show more

Back cover copy

We were coloured girls in a white world that didn't want us. Born on the wrong side of the racial divide in apartheid-torn Cape Town, young sisters Ruby and Rose exist in a world where they are not welcome. As part of the Cape Coloured community they are considered socially inferior, yet even within their own social group the sisters live down the poor end of town.When they are orphaned, their fate falls into the hands of Aunt Olive, but Ruby knows without being told that their aunt's home will not be opened up to them.Except for the monthly invitation to Sunday lunch, charity does not extend to the poor relations who would cast a smudge on such a respectable house. In the local orphanage the girls grow up sheltered from a divided world that they do not yet fully understand, but the day approaches when Ruby and Rose must forge their own paths in life and confront the lessons that apartheid enforces. 'Another South African classic' The Citizen Praise for Dance with a Poor Man's Daughter: 'Immensely moving and readable' The Times 'Tough, smart and vulnerable . . . Emblematic of an entire people' Independentshow more

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69 ratings
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5 13% (9)
4 28% (19)
3 41% (28)
2 16% (11)
1 3% (2)
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