Sindiwe Magona Beauty’s Gift

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Beauty’s Gift

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Beauty’s Gift is a riveting, moving tale of how four women lose their best friend. And how they decide to change the fate of their own lives as well as the lives of those closest to them. The AIDS-activist Zackie Achmat described it as "one of the most important books about HIV/AIDS in our country.”

The FFF used to consist of Five Friends: Edith, Cordelia, Amanda, Doris and Beauty. But then Beauty suddenly becomes very ill, and after six short weeks, passes away. On her deathbed she begs Amanda to promise her one thing – that she and the rest of the FFF will not pass away prematurely like she is doing. All because of an unfaithful husband . . . Ukuhle, she begs of Amanda. May you live a long life, and may you become old.

Edith, Cordelia, Amanda and Doris all swear an oath after Beauty’s premature death, that they won’t have unprotected sex – not even with their husbands – and that they will find out their own HIV status as well as that of their husbands/partners.

This is Sindiwe Magona at her very best – writing about social issues, and not keeping quiet. Speak up, she says to women in Africa. Stand up, and take control of your own lives.

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Dr. SINDIWE MAGONA is motivational speaker, author, poet, playwright, story-teller and actor. She recently relocated to her home country, South Africa, after a successful career spanning two decades at UN Headquarters, New York, USA. Her published works include two autobiographical books To My Children’s Children and Forced to Grow, two collections of short stories, Living, Loving and Lying Awake at Night (Africa’s 100 Best Books of the 20th Century) and Push-Push and Other Stories, and a novel, Mother to Mother, recently optioned by Universal Studios for a film on the life of Amy Biehl. Magona has also published sixteen children’s books – in five African languages. She has been published in the New York Times, the Cape Times, the Cape Argus as well as in magazines. She has received numerous awards in recognition of her work in women’s issues, the plight of children, and the fight against apartheid and racism. Her first ten years at the United Nations were in the Department of Public Information where she worked for the Anti-Apartheid Radio Programs. These days, Sindiwe lives in Cape Town.

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