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Star of the Morning

(2007)
A novel by

 
 
The haunting story of two orphaned sisters at the mercy of South Africa's apartheid system.

“I knew then that there were some things not even Ruby could keep from me forever and this was one of them. We were coloured girls in a white world that didn't want us.”

Born on the wrong side of a racial divide in apartheid-torn Cape Town, young sisters Ruby and Rose exist in a world where they are not welcome. As part of the Cape Coloured community they are considered socially inferior. Yet, even within their own social group the sisters live down the poor end of town. Their father was killed when they were very small, so when their mother dies after a protracted illness, Ruby and Rose's fate falls into the hands of Aunt Olive. Ruby knows without being told that their aunt's home will not be opened to them — charity does not extend to the poor relations who would cast a smudge on such a respectable house. Aunt Olive condemns her nieces to the local orphanage, relieving her conscience with monthly invitations to Sunday lunch.

In the orphanage, the girls grow up sheltered from a divided world that they do not yet fully understand, but the day approaches when they must forge their own paths in life and confront the lessons that apartheid enforces.

Genre: Literary Fiction

Used availability for Pamela Jooste's Star of the Morning

Paperback Editions

February 2008 : UK Paperback
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Title: Star Of The Morning
Author(s): Pamela Jooste
ISBN: 0-552-77360-3 / 978-0-552-77360-7 (UK edition)
Publisher: Black Swan
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February 2007 : USA Paperback
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Title: Star of the Morning
Author(s): Pamela Jooste
ISBN: 0-385-61090-4 / 978-0-385-61090-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: Transworld Publishers
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Kindle Editions

February 2012 : USA, Canada, UK Kindle edition
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Title: Star Of The Morning
Author(s): Pamela Jooste
Publisher: Transworld Digital
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