It’s Exam time in all South African Universities and our reviewer Nandi is preoccupied and we wish her and everyone writing their exams all the best!
Im even grateful that she was able to steal some time off from her study time to read these books so she could share them with us, we even lost count but we love reading and we love to share with you so here goes…
The Woman Next Door by Yewande Omotoso
By: Nandipha Bheqezi
Based in the city of Cape Town in post-Apartheid South Africa, The Woman Next Door is about two women who hate each other from the first time they meet. This creates a rivalry between the women until…
Marion Agostino is a white woman, a widow, a mother and a retired architect. On the other side of the wall lives Hortensia James, a black woman from the Islands who moved to South Africa with her husband. She, a well-renowned designer. Whenever these women were in close proximity to each other, there’s always an antagonising atmosphere that brews, snide remarks are thrown at every urn and the neighbourhood knows how much they hated each other. What makes them the same is their ‘superiority complex’, the fact that they are well into their old age, but they don’t know the secrets the other has kept to themselves.
The story follows these two women and delves into the reasons why they are so hateful towards each other, without making the other woman a greater bitch than the other. I enjoyed the way the storyteller was able to tell the story without leaving any seemingly important parts out. I enjoyed realising how easy it is to believe we’re different from other people when in fact, the most important similarity will always tie us to others- the fact that we’re human.
The story evoked different emotions within me, from anger and hatred, to feeling sorry for the characters. I truly enjoyed this book for the moments of laughter the women found in their moments of sadness.
To find out what happened to the women and their rivalry, I suggest you get yourself a copy.
I loved it 😊. What are your thoughts?