Category : Nadine Gordimer Short Story Award
Author : Roela Hattingh
This neatly published volume of short stories is of an exceptionally high standard which is kept up in each story. Language use is unpretentious yet effective. The stories are well structured and suspense is kept up. These are stories of real people and real lives lived in the South Africa of today, yet valid for all times and places. Endings are often ambivalent and open, encouraging reader involvement.
The narratives are striking, powerful and original. The author is in complete control of her genre and the stories meet the common criteria of good short stories. Characterization and depiction of time and space is effective. The writer has an outspoken own style.