Always Another Country: A Memoir of Exile and Home
|Always Another Country: A Memoir of Exile and Home
In her much anticipated memoir, Sisonke Msimang writes about her exile childhood in Zambia and Kenya, young adulthood and college years in North America, and returning to South Africa in the euphoric 1990s.
She reflects candidly on her discontent and disappointment with present-day South Africa but also on her experiences of family, romance, and motherhood, with the novelist’s talent for character and pathos. Militant young comrades dance off the pages of the 1970s Lusaka she invokes, and the heady and naive days of just-democratic South Africa in the 1990s are as vividly painted. Her memoir is at heart a chronicle of a coming-of-age, and while well-known South African political figures appear in these pages, it is an intimate story, a testament to family bonds and sisterhood.
Sisonke Msimang is one of the most assured and celebrated voices commenting on the South African present – often humorously; sometimes deeply movingly – and this book launches her to an even broader audience.
Reviews, News & Interviews:
Every South African who wants to define their own path to the future must read this book and hear this voice. Sisonke challenges us not to cry for help, but to scream for change. Jay Naidoo
A lyrical and admirably subtle exploration of how elusive our place in the world is . . . a reader’s delight. Eusebius McKaiser
Eloquent and affecting, Msimang’s book explores the nature of belonging as it chronicles a perpetual outsider’s quest for the meaning of home […] A candidly intimate tale of a journey toward self-identity. Kirkus
Brutally and uncompromisingly honest, Sisonke’s beautifully crafted storytelling enriches the already extraordinary pool of young African women writers of our time. Graça Machel
Sisonke Msimang comes along and kindles a new fire in our store of memoir, transforming it into art. Njabulo S Ndebele
A brave and intimate journey. Msimang delivers a deep call for fierce courage in the face of hypocrisy and compassion when faced with our shared humanity. Yewande Omotoso
Bears hard lessons about how fragile our hopes and dreams can be. Tim Winton
Msimang is a masterful storyteller. Her memoir cements her place as one of the country’s most beloved writers. The Daily Vox
[A] dance between memory, fiction, history and nostalgia, Always Another Country is highly recommended. Mail and Guardian