Nominated by:

City of Cape Town Library & Information Services, South Africa

Publisher of nominated edition:

Picador Africa

The Yearning

Mohale Mashigo    

Yearning (noun) : A feeling of intense longing for something.

How long does it take for scars to heal? How long does it take for a scarred memory to fester and rise to the surface? For Marubini, the question is whether scars ever heal when you forget they are there to begin with.

Marubini is a young woman who has an enviable life in Cape Town, working at a wine farm and spending idyllic days with her friends … until her past starts spilling into her present.

Something dark has been lurking in the shadows of Marubini’s life from as far back as she can remember. It’s only a matter of time before it reaches out and grabs at her.

The Yearning is a memorable exploration of the ripple effects of the past, of personal strength and courage, and of the shadowy intersections of traditional and modern worlds.

About the author

Mohale Mashigo, is the pen name of Carol Mashigo, also known by her stage name, Black Porcelain. She is a radio moderator, storyteller, award-winning singer and songwriter. With her music now play-listed in over 36 countries, Black Porcelain’s debut album, Invincible Summer, won Best Creative album at the Wawela Music Awards in 2013. The Yearning is her debut novel.

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