The Voluptuous Delights of Peanut Butter and Jam
Rhodesia - a place of great beauty, but also of terrible, man-made, tragedy. The Voluptuous Delights of Peanut Butter and Jam is, above all else, a magical evocation of childhood; at times laugh-out-loud funny, at others heartbreakingly sad. It tells the story of two young sisters, Nyree and Cia O'Callohan, who live on a remote farm in the East of what was Rhodesia in the late 1970s. Beneath the dripping vines of the Vumba rainforest, and under the tutelage of their heretical grandfather, Oupa, theirs is a seductive world laced with African paganism, bastardised Catholicism and the lore of the Brothers Grimm - until their idyll is shattered forever by their orphaned cousin, Ronin. His arrival at the farm sets in motion a chain of events that result in tragedy and the loss of innocence.
- Hardback | 256 pages
- 126 x 198mm
- 31 Mar 2008
- Little, Brown Book Group
- Virago Press Ltd
- London, United Kingdom
** 'Full of memorable characters and flavoured with the intensity of childhood, this is a debut that stays with the reader long after the last page is read' WATERSTONE'S BOOKS QUARTERLY 'An evocative debut ... told from the vantage point of an eight-year-old girl growing up on an isolated farm: a small world in human terms but enriched by the sights and smells of Africa' MAIL ON SUNDAY
About Lauren Liebenberg
Lauren Liebenberg was born in what was Rhodesia and spent her early childhood in the crucible of the civil war. She now lives in South Africa and has an MBA from the business school of the University of Witwatersrand. She is married to an Englishman and has two young children.