Henrietta Rose-Innes Discusses Rachel Zadok’s Sister-Sister
Rose-Innes discussed how the book works on several levels, saying that on one level it’s a familiar South African story of twin girls who “are cast out onto a crazy roadtrip of abuse and exploitation” and on another it has “a cast of unforgettable, mystical characters and extraordinary, other-worldy landscapes”.
“Sister-Sister is a bewitching book. Through a series of terrible circumstances, Thuli and Sindi, identical twins, are cast out into a dangerous world where they must dodge abuse and exploitation at every turn. So, on one level, it’s a sadly familiar South African story, grappling with important social issues. But it has another, epic dimension, in which the sisters’ desperate road-trip becomes a quest through extraordinary, other-worldly landscapes, where they encounter a cast of bizarre characters, in a universe replete with powerful magic, hauntings and curious gods.The book delves into some very dark places, but my experience of reading it was never depressing. What struck me is that in the end, after the two sisters have been on this wild, strange ride, what saves them are fairly earthy, terrestrial values – telling the truth, forgiveness, loyalty. And that is uplifting.”