Kharnita Mohamed, Called to Song. Cape Town: Kwela, 2018. Pages: 288. ISBN PRINT: 9780795708589

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Called to Song documents the journey of a woman towards full self-actualisation, after having lived an outwardly perfect life for decades. It examines the intergenerational impacts of gender-based violence on families, and of quasi-religious patriarchy and internalised racism on communities. The novel is located in a South Africa that, far from being the happy-clappy rainbow nation that the political evangelists would have us swallow, continues to be traumatised by its apartheid past and the enduring inequalities which our history has bequeathed us.