Book Review: Scatterlings by Rešoketšwe Manenzhe, Reviewed by Kristien Potgieter
Transnational Literature. Vol. 13, Oct 2021
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Scatterlings by Rešoketšwe Manenzhe (Jacana Media, Johannesburg, 2020)
Reviewed by Kristien Potgieter

Scatterlings, the debut novel by South African author Rešoketšwe Manenzhe, starts with the passing of the Immorality Act of 1927, which wrote the prohibition of sexual relations between “Europeans” (white people) and “natives” (essentially anyone deemed not white) in South Africa into law. This law unravels the already fraying threads of the lives of Abram and Alisa van Zijl, an interracial couple with a strained marriage living on a farm in the Constantia Valley near Cape Town with their two young daughters, Dido and Emilia.

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Kristien Potgieter

Kristien Potgieter is a writer, researcher and editor from Johannesburg with a PhD in Creative Writing from Bath Spa University and an MA in Creative Writing from University of East Anglia, where she was a Booker Prize Scholar. She currently works in educational publishing. Her short fiction has appeared online and in print.