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How can you imagine the future when your story traps you in the past?

Harare, 2000. Gabrielle is a newly-qualified lawyer fighting for justice for a young girl. Ben is an urbane and charismatic junior diplomat, attached to Harare with the American embassy. With high-level pressure on Gabrielle to drop her case, and Robert Mugabes youth wing terrorising his political
Paperback, 336 pages
Published March 19th 2020 by The Indigo Press
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Jaclyn (sixminutesforme)
Mar 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
My heart was in my mouth for the first half of the book, and while this eased up somewhat midway, I found this both an incredibly compelling and anxiety-inducing read. Using short chapters and jumps in time, this is a fast paced read that I couldnt put down for extended periods, and Gabrielle particularly is a character that was completely brought to life with Sabatinis words.

AN ACT OF DEFIANCE covers incredibly traumatic content - no spoilers, but its set in Zimbabwe in 2000 so the politics and
Krutika Puranik
Oct 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
An Act Of Defiance.
Thank you for the copy @theindigopress
It's tough to build a book that revolves around political parties and events but Irene does it quite masterfully. This book in some ways, reminded me a lot of Half of the yellow sun by Chimamanda. The writing is strikingly similar to that of the iconic author and considering how the story takes place during the political upheaval, they bare a strong resemblance. This novel is my first time reading about Zimbabwe and I was both fascinated
Mar 03, 2020 rated it really liked it

"She wills a memory an act of defiance- something whole and true that the comrades cannot take, touch."

It's the year 2000 in Harare. Gabrielle is a lawyer who works on the case of a young girl who accuses an older - and politically quite powerful - man. At the same time, Gabrielle meets Ben, a young US-American working as the assistant to the assistant of the culture attachée of the US embassy and the two start falling for each other. But then something truly horrific happens and all of
Coded Reader
Jan 01, 2020 rated it really liked it
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The novel helps to shed more light on the happenings in Zimbabwe 🇿🇼 when they had a President that governed them for over thirty years who never had the mercy of his citizens at heart.It takes us through the life of a young lawyer who works in an organization which handles the cases of rape victims. Its really an eye opener read into what Zimbabwean had to go through the leadership they had at the time;a rapist / an assaulter who goes scot free because he has connections with the ...more
Claire - bookcoffeeandfun
Mar 21, 2020 rated it really liked it
A great book. Powerful. And at times a very hard read. Extremely well written, the writing style was one of my favourite aspects of the book. Definitely a story that will stay with me for a while.

A lot of trigger warnings - definitely not something to pick up if you are triggered by sexual assault or violence.
Uchenna Frank Nna
Dec 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
Hello, am pleased to announce I just came back from Zimbabwe for the first time 🙃.
I was able to travel through with the help of Irene Sabatini to Zimbabwe (My first time reading about that part of Africa).

I actual don't know how to put words together when I first finished this because am scared of giving away too much out of this exceptional read, so let me serve you some sip of tea.

The storytelling is build on love, bravery,racism, colour judgment, motherhood, politics, political violence,
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