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Evening Primrose: a heart-wrenching novel for our times

Hardcover / ISBN-13: 9781473662261

Price: £12.99

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A powerful and timely novel from ‘South Africa’s Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’ (Bookseller) .

‘Heart-wrenching’ Grazia .

With urgency and tenderness Evening Primrose explores issues of race, gender and the medical profession through the eyes of a junior doctor.

When Masechaba finally achieves her childhood dream of becoming a doctor, her ambition is tested as she faces the stark reality of South Africa’s public healthcare system.

As she leaves her deeply religious mother and makes friends with the politically-minded Nyasha, Masechaba’s eyes are opened to the rising xenophobic tension that carries echoes of apartheid.

Battling her inner demons, she must decide if she should take a stand to help her best friend, even it comes at a high personal cost.

‘The best kind of political novel, its turns of emotion are virtuosic. Matlwa’s voice is one we need.’ Rowan Hisayo Buchanan, author of Harmless Like You

Slices straight to the heart, deft and clean’ Laura Jane Williams, author of Becoming

‘A daring and uniquely South African story’ Marie Claire, South Africa on Coconut

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Tackles more than many books twice its length. . . The pages are raw. This is the best kind of political novel . . . [its] turns of emotion are virtuosic. The novel dances from slapstick to stabbing pain to tentative hope. Matlwa's voice is one we need.
Rowan Hisayo Buchanan, author of <i>Harmless Like You</i>
Slices straight to the heart, deft and clean.
Laura Jane Williams, author of <i>Becoming</i>
Harrowing and vital . . . I read it in one sitting.
London Review Bookshop Summer Picks
Distinctive and engaging