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The Red Dress
Set in 1944 in the sweltering South African wilderness, this is a powerful coming-of-age story about family and first love It was like looking into the crimson depths of a giant poppy. Rifke pulled off her old clothes and slipped the dress over her head, feeling its petal-soft fabric caress her skin. She darted a glance at Ma. Her mouth was set in a straight line. Still s ...more
Paperback, 276 pages
Published June 1st 2011 by Macmillan UK
(first published February 6th 2009)
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I remember rushing to my local library because they finally had a book, that I had not read, in the YA section. The Red Dress, I normally quite enjoy South African novels, because I can relate to the characters and the heroine is also Jewish which makes her even more relative to me. The book did not disappoint me, it was full of many twists and turns and ups and downs as every good novel should be. My heart was always with Rifke throughout the story. I encourage everyone to try this book, it is ...more
Poignant story about Rifke and her relationship with her mother and family. Rifke runs away from home and ends up stranded in the "middle of nowhere" in South Africa. Taken in by a family who aren't all that they seem, we journey with Rifke as she struggles to come to terms with the consequences of her actions. Good storytelling with great suspense