Stock Image



528 ratings by Goodreads
ISBN 10: 0807009490 / ISBN 13: 9780807009499
Published by BeACON PRESS, Boston, 1999
Condition: Very Good Soft cover
From Billy Books (Philadelphia, PA, U.S.A.)

AbeBooks Seller Since April 25, 2002

Quantity Available: 1

Buy Used
Price: US$ 31.50 Convert Currency
Shipping: US$ 2.99 Within U.S.A. Destination, Rates & Speeds
Add to basket

30 Day Return Policy

About this Item

5 1/2 X 8" PAPERBACK IN EXCELLENT CONDITION, UNREAD, signed by author, SOUTH-AFRICAN, fictitious account of a young white woman's murder by black youth as explained by the South African mother to the grieving mother of Fulbright scholar student Amy Biehl, killed in Guguleto in 1993. "Intense cry of sympathy and pain aroused by an all too actual tragedy." (Rosellen Brown). 210 pages, very clean and crisp, signed in ink on title page. Cover shows a black woman's graceful hand. Bookseller Inventory # 002624

Ask Seller a Question

Bibliographic Details


Publisher: BeACON PRESS, Boston

Publication Date: 1999


Book Condition:Very Good


About this title


Sindiwe Magona's novel Mother to Mother explores the South African legacy of apartheid through the lens of a woman who remembers a life marked by oppression and injustice. Magona decided to write this novel when she discovered that Fulbright Scholar Amy Biehl, who had been killed while working to organize the nation's first ever democratic elections in 1993, died just a few yards away from her own permanent residence in Guguletu, Capetown. She then learned that one of the boys held responsible for the killing was in fact her neighbor's son. Magona began to imagine how easily it might have been her own son caught up in the wave of violence that day. The book is based on this real-life incident, and takes the form of an epistle to Amy Biehl's mother. The murderer's mother, Mandisi, writes about her life, the life of her child, and the colonized society that not only allowed, but perpetuated violence against women and impoverished black South Africans under the reign of apartheid. The result is not an apology for the murder, but a beautifully written exploration of the society that bred such violence.

About the Author:

After leaving the black township of Guguletu, South Africa, Sindiwe Magona earned her master's degree at Columbia University. She currently lives in New York, where she works at the United Nations. She has contributed to The New York Times and her work has been anthologized in Under African Skies.

"About this title" may belong to another edition of this title.

Store Description

Visit Seller's Storefront

Terms of Sale:

Any book order may be returned within 7 days of receipt if unsatisfactory for any reason. Prior to return notification must be made. All books are guaranteed as described. Refunds are limited to the original purchase price of returned item.
Billy Books by Sibylle Young, 1423 Cambridge Street, Philadelphia, PA 19130, USA

Shipping Terms:

Shipping costs are based on books weighing 2.2 LB, or 1 KG. If your book order is heavy or oversized, we may contact you to let you know extra shipping is required.

List this Seller's Books

Payment Methods
accepted by seller

Visa Mastercard American Express

Check Money Order