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Innie Shadows

by Olivia M. Coetzee

A page turning, gender and genre-bending novel set on the Cape Flats in Capetown, South Africa; a story of people who live in a place of violence which involves drugs, corrupt clergy, queerness, friendships - and how these survive in a society that is dysfunctional due to historical social problems; very much a novel of now, the 21st century. A book that will change the literary landscape of South Africa.

This work is based on the research supported by the National Institute for the Humanities and Social Sciences.

Innie Shadows was a finalist in the 2021 NIHSS Awards.

ISBN 9781928433101 | 146 pages | 210 x 140 mm | 2019 | Modjaji Books, South Africa | Paperback



"Innie Shadows se karakters klink soos regte mense van die Kaapse Vlakte en voer hul bestaan in die skadu van herkenbare probleme soos dwelmverslawing, huishoudelike geweld, armoede en seksmisdade. Dit is egter ook ‘n verhaal oor nuwe vryhede -- sensitief vertel op ’n nuwe manier, in ‘n nuwe soort stem."

Dr Sonja Loots, (author and lecturer in Afrikaans and Nederlands)

"Innie Shadows is ‘n Kaapse Vlakte riller roman,wat genres kruis; ‘n bladsyraaier, met uitstekend dialoog. with excellent dialogue. Sou goed werk as n’ film."

Dr Hester van der Walt (skyrwe van Sê my, is julle twee susters?)

Olivia M. Coetzee crafts a new language to bring to life stories of dispossession from those left behind in the transition to democracy. Her prose is taut, unsparing and unsentimental. It wrestles with the demons of one community overcome with the social ills of drugs, bigotry and homophobia, where lives intersect through ruthless brutality. This haunting novel will stay with the reader long after the final page is turned. A pioneering work of fiction in which the dispossessed are finally telling their own stories.

Dr Barbara Boswell (author of Grace, a novel)



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