ISBN 9781928215806
Pages 250
Dimensions 210 x 140 mm
Published 2019
Publisher Modjaji Books, South Africa
Format Paperback

The Unfamous Five

by Nedine Moonsamy

Seeking adventure during the school holidays, five teenagers from the Indian suburb of Lenasia accidentally witness a violent crime that has a lasting impact on their lives. Starting in June of 1993, the novel follows the Five through the next decade as they confront, both as individuals and as a group, questions of who they are, who they are allowed to be, and who they are expected to be in the New South Africa. They must query what role they will allow tradition, ancestry, sexuality, skin colour, love, money and culture to play in their lives as they attempt to forge new paths, sometimes stumbling along the way, but always willing to give one another a helping hand.

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About the Author

Nedine Moonsamy

Nedine grew up in Mosquito Valley, Lenasia and has lived in places as far flung as Helsinki, Poona and Grahamstown since then. Currently, she lives and works in Pretoria, where she lectures on postcolonial literature in the English Department at the University of Pretoria. By day she also researches contemporary South African literature and science fiction in Africa. The Unfamous Five is her debut novel.