Electric Fences

These gracefully understated stories, set during and post apartheid, depict the lives of South African black women. But their calm surface is illusive, violence lurks just beneath the surface. Whether waiting for news of their husbands, forced to yield to “the man,” coping with poverty, suffering white patronage and mockery, or confronting sexual abuse, the women are still able to find dignity as mothers, daughters, students, teachers, and lovers. A moving collection.

“The title story, ‘Electric Fences,’ presents a fully realized world view by this talented writer.”
Sarah Murdoch, The Toronto Star

“…a highly recommended read for anyone who’d like to understand the psyche and workings of a damaged and bruised land, a land that is birthplace to exiles who remain and exiles who leave.”
–Lisa de Nikolits, author of No Fury Like That


Publication Date: November 2016

Paperback ISBN: 978-1-927494-81-3
Page size: 5.5″ x 8.5″
128 pages

eBook ISBN: 978-1-988449-01-2

Photo of Gugu Hlongwane

Gugu Hlongwane was born and raised in South Africa. She went to university in South Africa, the US, and Canada (Guelph and York), where she did her PhD, and she now teaches at Saint Mary’s University in Halifax, NS. Electric Fences is her first work of fiction.