My Brother’s Book
My Brother’s Book’ tells the story of betrayal and atonement that spans the lives of two siblings from their nomadic childhood in the Eastern Cape in the 1960s, to their adulthood in 2004 in Johannesburg.
Although set firmly in South Africa, with much of the slang and descriptions uniquely South African, the ultimate power of this story rests in its universal themes. MY BROTHER’S BOOK tells a gentle and stirring tale of love and betrayal, loss and hope, and of the enduring bonds between past, present and future on both an individual and collective level of society.
Richards, with exquisite sensitivity and impartiality, uses the lives and loves of Lily and Tom to explore the political issues of the old and recent past in South Africa. Her unerring eye for the way in which “truth” is both malleable and dependent on whose perception conveys this “truth” adds an intricate layer of meaning that turns MY BROTHER’S BOOK from an interesting, entertaining tale into a book that demands to be read over and over again.