The Resource Shifting colours, Fiona Sussman

Shifting colours, Fiona Sussman

Label
Shifting colours
Title
Shifting colours
Statement of responsibility
Fiona Sussman
Title variation
  • Shifting colors
  • Another womans daughter
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
"This is the sweet memory of Mme, my dear mother. The first sweet memory... Sometimes her laughter bursts into my head or I hear her call me - my name full and round in her mouth. Frustratingly though, as with all the memories I have of Mme, her face always blurs under the pressure of my focus". Celia Mphephu works as a maid for Mr and Mrs Steiner in a leafy, white man's suburb of 1960s Johannesburg. When racial tensions in the country reach fever pitch and the Steiners plan to relocate to England, they offer to adopt Celia's young daughter Miriam and raise her as their own. But Miriam finds England to be very different to the place the Steiners have told her about. And so begins her long journey through the years, back to South Africa, to find her mother and herself. Set against the violent backdrop of apartheid South Africa and then the calm of late twentieth century Britain, 'Shifting colours' traces the lives of a mother and daughter separated by land, sea and heart-rending circumstance
Member of
Summary
Celia Mphephu, a black servant in the white suburbs of 1960s Johannesburg, chooses to allow her employers to adopt her daughter, Miriam, when they flee racial tensions in South Africa for England, setting mother and daughter on diverging paths
Theme
Storyline
Pace
Tone
Writing style
Character
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
10384223
Cataloging source
NOV
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Sussmann, Fiona
Dewey number
823.92
Index
no index present
Literary form
fiction
http://library.link/vocab/resourcePreferred
True
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Women household employees
  • Race relations
  • Families
  • Adoptees
  • South Africans
  • Women household employees
  • Mothers and daughters
  • South Africa
Target audience
adult
Label
Shifting colours, Fiona Sussman
Instantiates
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier.
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent.
Dimensions
23 cm.
Extent
303 pages
Isbn
9780749016418
Isbn Type
(hardback)
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia.
Media type code
n
System control number
(Sirsi) i9780749016418
Label
Shifting colours, Fiona Sussman
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier.
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent.
Dimensions
23 cm.
Extent
303 pages
Isbn
9780749016418
Isbn Type
(hardback)
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia.
Media type code
n
System control number
(Sirsi) i9780749016418

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