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Gardening At Night

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Gardening at Night follows the unfolding of a young girl's life through a childhood filled with silences, through adolescence and young womanhood. It is about how much people are the total of their longings, how high drama can also be low comedy. It probes how much of the old century a girl should take with her into the new one, and examines the merging of families in the ...more
Paperback, 256 pages
Published March 4th 2004 by Vintage (first published April 7th 2003)
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- When I was fifteen I stopped waiting for the Second Coming. My mother has never stopped. She believes in love. There have been second comings and second marriages and second chances, but no saviours. I believe in the redeeming power of margheritas, especially two or three margheritas. -

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- In real life, all he
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Diane Awerbruck digs deep in this novel about growing up in the old mining town of Kimberly, South Africa. Although the novel is about a girl growing up, it is also about the way your hometown stays with you. No matter how hard you attempt to shake the dust off your feet, there comes a day when you have to reckon with where you are from. This book is about that. It's a beautiful story, reminiscent of Miriam Toews A Complicated Kindness.
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Your past will find you.
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Diane Awerbuck is a South African novelist. Her novel, Gardening at Night, won the 2004 Commonwealth Writers' Prize, best first book (Africa and the Caribbean), and was shortlisted for the International Dublin IMPAC Award. In 2011 her collection of short stories, Cabin Fever, was published by Random House Struik.

She taught at Rustenburg Girls' High School until 2002. Her non-fiction has appeared
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