The selection of stories highlights marginalised identities and looks at the daily lives of people who may otherwise be forgotten or dismissed. ‘Monkeys’ is a skilful commentary on domestic violence, toxic masculinity, patriarchy (and how it is racialised), power dynamics between white and black men and how children come to ‘know’ that they are white or black. ‘Skinned’, whose protagonist is a
woman with albinism, is a powerful story about learning to accept that you deserve love when the world constantly tells you otherwise.
In ‘Fourteen’ the author deftly demonstrates the ability to play with concepts of time and reality. It is a compelling story about
potential and how one can feel unfulfilled despite having hopes and ambitions.
The collection is also deeply concerned with covering the early post-democracy years in South Africa. Each of the characters deals with
questions around the ‘new’ country. The book implores one to think about diverse topics and perspectives, difficult family relationships,
abandonment, social and class issues, power dynamics at school and at work, mental illness, witchcraft, sexuality, domestic abuse and the
ancestral realm, among other things.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Keletso Mopai is a South African storyteller who was born and raised in Lenyenye Township, Limpopo. Her stories appear in highly regarded publications including The Johannesburg Review of Books, DRUM, Omenana Magazine, Brittle Paper, The Kalahari Review and The Ebedi Review. She was shortlisted for the 2017 Writivism Prize and was a finalist for the 2018 Africa Book Club Competition. Keletso has a Bachelor of Science honours degree in geology.