Download Kaffir Boy: The True Story of a Black Youth's Coming of Age in Apartheid South Africa Study Guide
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- Kaffir Boy in America (1989) is Mathabane's thoroughly candid story of his first ten years in the United States: his long-standing friendship with his patrons, Stan and Marjory Smith; the culture shock that led him to transfer from one college to another; the beginning of his writing career; the overwhelming success of his first book, Kaffir Boy; his marriage to Gail Ernsberger; the reunion with his mother and siblings on the Oprah Winfrey show; and his provision of a home and education for three of his siblings in North Carolina.
- Love in Black and White: The Triumph of Love over Prejudice and Taboo (1992) is co-written by Mathabane and his Caucasian wife, Gail. It is the story of their friendship, courtship, and marriage, structured in alternate chapters with husband and wife each relating their individual perspectives. It also includes interviews with other racially mixed couples in America.
- African Women (1994), also by Mathabane, is the story of Granny (Mathabane's maternal grandmother), Geli (his mother), and Florah (his oldest sister). The book is divided into six first-person monologues, each discussing the fate of women under apartheid: the selling of young girls as wives, infidelity, physical abuse, alcoholism, disease, and perseverance through it all.
- Miriam's Song (2000), by Miriam Mathabane as told to her brother, is her story about coming of age in apartheid-ruled South Africa. Like Kaffir Boy, its first-person narration pulls the reader immediately into the violent world of Alexandra and ends with her barely escaping the ghetto with her life and her child. A physically battered rape victim, like countless others before her, she leaves for the promise of a better life in America.
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