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The Woman Next Door

By Yewande Omotoso


This book is available at singapore.lib.overdrive.com

LONGLISTED FOR THE BAILEYS WOMEN'S PRIZE FOR FICTION Hortensia and Marion are next door neighbours in a charming, bougainvillea-laden Cape Town suburb. One is black, one white. Both are successful women with impressive careers behind them. Both have recently been widowed. Both are in their eighties. And both are sworn enemies, sharing hedge and hostility pruned with zeal. But one day an unforeseen event forces the women together. Could long-held mutual loathing transform into friendship?Love thy neighbour? Easier said than done.'Wit, charm and playful energy... An insightful and fascinating diptych of two women, with the history of colonialism and slavery lurking in the background' Herald