Monument (ePub) | General Fiction
Margo is back in South Africa after four years in Israel. She’s come to make peace with her mother, and her time in the dying Free State town of Winburg becomes a wide-reaching appraisal of her family’s role in the history of the region, especially her female forebears.
The women of the Boer War concentration camps, the impoverished shanty towns of the postwar period and the women facing farm attacks in today’s Free State all demand her attention and tell their stories. When her lover comes to take her back to Israel, the question of where she belongs suddenly seems much less cut and dried.
This is the story of the Vrouemonument in Bloemfontein, and of others – those cut from marble and stone, but also the monuments South Africans, especially women, have built in each other’s humanity.