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FIRST CHAPTER | ‘The forgetting has got out of control’ – Almini van der Merwe’s novel Ghost Limb

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Ghost Limb by Almini van der Merwe.
Ghost Limb by Almini van der Merwe.

BOOK: Ghost Limb by Almini van der Merwe

It’s the late 1980s in the Strand, a small coastal town southwest of Cape Town. When Johanna, a new domestic worker, arrives at the home of a dominee’s family, nobody imagines that she will capture the family in her web of emotional complexity. The daughter, who narrates the story, develops an ambivalent friendship with the new recruit but Johanna remains an enigma … This is the story of Ghost Limb, the first novel by Almini van der Merwe, published in Umuzi’s Trailblazers series that highlights innovative new fiction. Here is the first chapter.

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