Don’t miss the launch of The Woman of the Stone Sea by Meg Vandermerwe at The Book Lounge
More about the book!
Umuzi and The Book Lounge invite you to the launch of The Woman of the Stone Sea by Meg Vandermerwe.
Meg will be in conversation with Henrietta Rose-Innes at the launch.
Date: Tuesday 23 April 2019
Time: 17:30 for 18:00
Venue: The Book Lounge, 71 Roeland St, Cape Town
About the book
The woman Hendrik finds injured on a deserted beach is unlike anything this West Coast fisherman has ever pulled from the ocean. Where her legs should be, there’s a fishtail. Could this be one of the water maidens his wife Rebekkah spoke about before she walked into the sea, never to be seen again? Or is she the fish woman that the old isiXhosa people in the Transkei call ‘mamlambo’?
As the strange being takes up residence in Hendrik’s home, nothing is as it seems.
Whether he’s dealing with a figment of his grief, or a puzzle that will solve Rebekkah’s disappearance, Hendrik soon realises that the line between the so-called magical and the real is very fine.
About the author
Meg Vandermerwe was born in South Africa in 1978 and raised and educated in Switzerland and the United Kingdom. She holds degrees from the universities of Oxford, Sussex, and East Anglia. Her debut novel Zebra Crossing was written as a part of her PhD at the University of Lancaster. After 22 years of living abroad, she returned to Cape Town in 2008. She lectures Creative Writing and English Literature at the University of the Western Cape, where her responsibilities include UWC Creates, the first multilingual Creative Writing programme in South African higher education. A collection of her short stories, This Place I Call Home, was published in 2010.