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When dad is a tyrant: A Father Is Born by Tumiso Mashaba

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Tumiso Mashaba tackles themes such as black masculinity, fatherhood and generational trauma in this moving new memoir.
Tumiso Mashaba tackles themes such as black masculinity, fatherhood and generational trauma in this moving new memoir.
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Review: A Father Is Born: A Memoir by Tumiso Mashaba (Jonathan Ball)

Summary: The death of Neo “Snowy” Mashaba at 55 provokes an intense emotional reaction in his son, Tumiso, the author of this moving portrait of a relationship between a father and son. Tumiso is stunned by his emotional response, as his father was a distant and often brutal presence in his childhood. This launches him down the road of personal investigation of his childhood, but also what it means to him now as a father to his own children. 

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