A true story of family, love and longing in Apartheid South Africa.
South African-born Australian Shelley Davidow’s new memoir, Shadow Sisters, tells the story of her early life growing up in Apartheid South Africa during the 1970s and ’80s. At a time when it was illegal for black and white people to live together, her social activist parents took in Rosie, an abandoned black three year-old.
Against the backdrop of racist laws and ever-present threats of violence, Shelley’s parents did all they could to provide a safe, happy home for their five children. But when Rosie was 16, devastating truths came to light, shattering the family’s understanding of the past.
In this haunting memoir, Shelley Davidow unravels the memories of her early life, searching for truth and reconciliation.
SHELLEY DAVIDOW is originally from South Africa, but has spent the last two decades living and teaching in Europe, the Middle East and the USA. The author of over forty books, her work includes children’s fiction, award-winning young adult fiction, and adult non-fiction. Now based in Australia, she teaches Education and Creative Writing at the University of the Sunshine Coast, where she lives with her husband and son.