The Dreamcloth

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It is 1994 and Mia, a strong-willed journalist in her late twenties, is returning home to Johannesburg after a decade embroiled in conflict zones around the world. Hidden in her bra, close to heart, is a small patchwork cloth of beads and lace...
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"SA fiction at its very best...a strong novel written by a writer with a powerful voice." – Jennifer Crocker, Cape Times

It is 1994 and Mia, a strong-willed journalist in her late twenties, is returning home to Johannesburg after a decade embroiled in conflict zones around the world. Hidden in her bra, close to heart, is a small patchwork cloth of beads and lace she has just retrieved from Asher Trubik, the man she blames for her artist father's death a decade ago.

The cloth, woven by a seamstress in a grim shtetl in Lithuania, holds the mystery of a forbidden love affair that haunted Mia's paternal grandmother, Maya, fleeing the anti-Semitism of Europe in the 1920s.

In Mia's search to reconnect with the places and people she left behind, she recalls her childhood in the late 60s and early 70s, a little Jewish girl trying to make sense of the injustices of her world through her relationships with her beloved father, Issey, her nanny, Sarafina, and her best friend, Grace. But the first person she will have to face is her distant mother, obsessed with the roses in her perfectly manicured garden in Emmarentia, still pretending that nothing went wrong.

In an epic tale that weaves together the present, the past and the distant past, Joanne Fedler bravely explores the family secrets and domestic wars that rage behind the high walls of northern suburbs Johannesburg. 

This is a stirring work of great tenderness and courage.

About the Author
Joanne Fedler studied law at Yale and is a former women's rights advocate, counsellor of abused women, and CEO of a not-for-profit advocacy centre. Her books have been published in the UK, Australia, Germany, Czechoslovakia, Croatia and South Africa. Her books have sold over 250,000 copies worldwide.

She sometimes writes for Vogue and teaches life-writing classes. She is also a motivational speaker and has worked to raise money for abused women, breast cancer research, post-natal depression and children with special needs.

She lives in Sydney with her husband and two children, and spends a lot of time walking, reading and cooking.

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Author: Joanne Fedler
ISBN: 9781770091016
Size (mm): 235x155mm
Pages: 352pp
format: Paperback
Colour: Black & White
Rights: World
Language: English
Publication Date: 2005-01-01