Drieklawerblaar | General Fiction
Christine Barkhuizen-Le Roux
Human & Rousseau
In her latest novel, Drieklawerblaar (“three-leaf clover”), Christine Barkhuizen-le Roux tells the stories of Kate Jooste, a retired nurse, Tinneke le Grange, a widow and guest house owner, and Tinneke’s stubborn neighbour, Abel Marais, a farmer.
After retiring Kate visits Doringboomlaagte, Abel Marais’s game farm in the Karoo. She delves into her family history: why did her grandmother move from Ireland to this barren landscape in Africa? And what fuelled the problematic relationship between her mother and her grandmother? Simultaneously, Abel also learns about his past: in search of his Huguenot heritage, he visits the French countryside, after which he settles at Doringboomlaagte. What hold did the land, on which Doringboomlaagte now stands, have on his family?
Drieklawerblaar is a novel about family, heritage, how identities are forged in relation to the landscape – and how to make peace with the past.