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Confessions of a Gambler

Jacobs, Rayda

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ISBN 10: 0795701608 / ISBN 13: 9780795701603
Published by Kwela Books, Cape Town, South Africa, 2004
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Glued binding. 240 p. Rayda Jacobs (born March 6, 1947) is a South African writer and film-maker. She was born in Diep River, Cape Town and began writing at a young age. In 1968, she moved to Toronto, Canada. She married there, had two children and later divorced. Her first book The Middle Children, a collection of short stories, was published in Canada in 1994. Jacobs returned to South Africa the following year. Her novel Eyes of the Sky, published in 1996, received the Herman Charles Bosman Prize for English fiction. She wrote a series of feature articles for the Cape Times and hosted radio programs. She has also produced and directed documentaries for television, including God Has Many Names and Portrait of Muslim Women. Good. Highlighting/underlining. Signed by author. Award sticker on front cover. Inscribed on t-p. Cover has some wear and soiling. Highlighting noted on page 7. Bookseller Inventory # 71647

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Title: Confessions of a Gambler

Publisher: Kwela Books, Cape Town, South Africa

Publication Date: 2004

Binding: Trade paperback

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

Edition: First edition, second printing [stated].

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In this timely novel, Abeeda, a South African woman in her late forties, is struggling to hold on to both halves of a double life. To others, she is a pious Muslim mother of four, coping with the death of one of her sons to AIDS. But Abeeda has also developed a gambling addiction, winning and losing huge amounts of money. In a series of flashbacks her life is traced as a woman in her twenties, through a torrid affair with her younger sister's fiancÚ, Imran, and her history of taking wild risks. In all, this is a gripping story of family, addiction, religion, and redemption.

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Rayda Jacobs is a filmmaker who has performed extensive research on the psychological makeup of gamblers.

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