29th out of 104 books — 37 voters
Living, Loving and Lying Awake at Night
This series is designed to bring to North American readers the once-unheard voices of writers who have achieved wide acclaim at home, but are not recognized beyond the borders of their native lands. With special emphasis on women writers, Interlink's Emerging Voices series publishes the best of the world's contemporary literature in translation or original English.
Hardcover, 208 pages
Published February 1st 1994 by Interlink Publishing Group
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Living, Loving and Lying Awake at Night is a collection of short stories divided into two parts. The first part is a circle of related, gossipy black South African women working as domestic servants for whites. The pieces emphasize the diverse personalities of each woman, and are written in first person in a conversation with one of the other women. The second part encompasses several common short stories set in the 60s through the late 80s, during the Apartheid system in South Africa. The stori...more
For those of you who read The Help, whether you like it or not but especially if you had a problem with any realism of the subject matter, you should read this last book that I read. It is called Living, Loving and Lying Awake at Night and is by Sindiwe Magona. The first half of it is about domestic help in South Africa. The second half is a grouping of short stories of domestic help there also. I could not put it down. I began it late last night and read a third of it before I fell asleep and w...more