By Zoë Wicomb
In Zoë Wicomb's Playing in the Light, Marion, a travel agent in tense, post-apartheid Cape Town, knows there's something peculiar about her Afrikaner heritage; too bad her elderly father won't tell her what it is. "Secrets, lies, and discomfiture—that was what her childhood had been wrapped in. Each day individually wrapped, lived through carefully, as only those with secrets live." Marion's close but prickly relationship with Brenda, her employee from the townships, guides her toward the liberating truth.