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STAR OF THE MORNING (article first published : 2007-03-25)

Recently launched by Random House and Adams Booksellers is Star of the Morning. This is the latest novel from Pamela Jooste, acclaimed award-winning author of Dance with a Poor Man's Daughter, Frieda and Min, Like Water in Wild Places and People Like Ourselves.

Star of the Morning follows the lives of two Cape Town sisters, Ruby and Rose. Within their own social grouping, the sisters live at the poor end of town. When their mother dies shortly after their father, Ruby and Rose are dependant on the "respectable" Auntie Olive, who out-sources their upbringing to the nuns at the Sacred Heart Orphanage.

The sisters stick together through their days in the orphanage; through monthly Sunday lunches at Auntie Olive's table; through separation when Ruby, the eldest, is sent out to work; and through love, death, marriage and major sea changes in the world around them.

Star of the Morning uses the characters of Ruby and Rose to depict the poignant and often complex bond shared by sisters of all backgrounds. Pamela Jooste once again demonstrates a profound appreciation for and understanding of relationships and of that which separates and unites human beings as a whole.




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