The Scattering by Lauri Kubuitsile (Penguin) ISBN: 9781485903079
Author, Lauri Kubuitsile is well known for her children’s fiction and has won awards for these. She has also produced audit fiction and short stories such as In the Spirit of McPhineas Lata and other short stories.
The Scattering is a historic novel which tells a tale of two strong women from different backgrounds, who survive against all odds during the Southern African colonial wars. Each with their own dreams and ideals, caught up in wars which are not theirs.
People take sides and turn on each other for the sake of survival. Families are torn apart, dreams are shattered and hearts are broken along the way. To survive is like coming back from the dead and coming back from the dead changes people. This is how Tjipuka describes being reunited with her husband. Only the strongest survive but freedom comes at a price, in a form least expected.
The Scattering is a beautiful story of unbreakable bonds, love and new friendships. I truly enjoyed it and will recall the characters with fondness for some time to come.