A HOME ON VORSTER STREET
by Razina Theba.
Razina Theba writes with joy, compassion and pride in her culture and family, whilst telling of a time in South Africa’s history when it was considered everyone was not equal. An honest, often amusing, at times heartbreaking, this is a memoir all can relate to in some way or another.
Written as a collection of stories Theba tells of a loving Indian-Muslim childhood in the tight-knit community of Fietas, which was once one of the oldest multi-racial communities of Johannesburg before families were forceably removed. The reader chuckles at the antics of the children as they grow into nosey teenagers. There is great admiration for their parents and grandparents, who educate, against great odds, their extended families; the awful school she and her friends had no choice but to attend, the difficulties of college and then the happiness of marriage and her own children. She also shares her distress at giving birth to a premature baby with health problems, and her determination to help this child survive, which he does. Theba’s sons also feature in this intimate memoir and the amusingly different way she and her husband look at child care. Highly recommended.
ISBN 9781776191208 Published by Jonathan Ball Publishers