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FIRST CHAPTER | Being Dianne by Qarnita Loxton

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Qarnita Loxton’s fiction explores topical matters in a light and accessible way. (Photographed by  Grethe Rosseaux)
Qarnita Loxton’s fiction explores topical matters in a light and accessible way. (Photographed by Grethe Rosseaux)

Being Dianne (Kwela) is the fourth in Qarnita Loxton’s group of four novels, coming after Being Kari, Being Lily and Being Shelley. The novels interlock but can be read separately and in any order. Of them, Loxton says that “the relationships between the protagonist and her family and friends, and her exploration of self-identity, are as important as the romantic narrative”.

Loxton’s fiction explores topical matters, with each of the books focusing on a separate big-ticket issue, but in a light and accessible way. In?Being Dianne?she writes about same-sex relationships, intercultural relationships and navigating divorce. Dianne is divorced, but lives next door to her ex-husband and shares a garden with him and her two daughters, who weren’t thrilled with the idea of Dianne having a boyfriend – so how will they react to a girlfriend? Here, to give readers a sample of Loxton’s writing is the first chapter of Being Dianne.  

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