The Writing Circle

Five women gather every Friday night to discuss their writing lives. Isabel, returning home, where the writing circle are to meet, is attacked in her car at gunpoint and raped. But she manages to turn the gun on her attacker and shoot him. In coping with the killing, the disposal of the body, and the breakdown and recovery of Isabel, we learn about the intersecting personal lives of the women–Isabel, Carmen, Jazz, Beauty, and Amina, all successful professionals in today’s South Africa. And when the body is discovered, and the identity of the attacker revealed, all their stereotypes fall away. The novel is narrated by all five women in their individual styles.

The Writing Circle is a beautifully written, heartbreaking piece. If your book club is looking for a book to spark meaningful conversation and bring awareness to the group, no matter where you live, The Writing Circle will deliver that and more.”
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“Maart challenges our deepest preconceptions about everything South African–and manages to convey a remarkable resilience.”

” . . . gripping, entertaining and informative.”


Publication Date: 2007

Paperback ISBN: 978-1-894770-37-8
Page size: 5.75″ x 8.75″
208 pages

eBook ISBN: 978-1-927494-85-1

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Rozena Maart was born in District Six, the former slave quarter of the Cape. Her family along with thousands were forcibly removed in 1973 due to the Groups Areas Act. In 1986, at the age of 24, Rozena was nominated to the “Woman of the Year,” award in South Africa for her work in the area of gender-based violence, and for starting with four women the first Black feminist organisation in South Africa: Women Against Repression [W.A.R.]. In October 1992, three weeks after the birth of her daughter, she won, “Best Short Fiction in Canada,” for a story, “No Rosa, No District Six”. Professor Maart has published several books, journal articles and book chapters, and recently edited, Decoloniality and Decolonial Education: South Africa and the World. Rozena has been recognised with two lifetime achievement awards in philosophy and literature, respectively, from Philosophy Born of Struggle (2016) and the Nicolás Cristóbal Guillén Batista Lifetime Achievement Award for her contribution to literature and Philosophy by the Caribbean Philosophical Association. Prof Maart is also an International Research Ambassador to the University of Bremen in Germany, and a Mercator Fellow to the first Contradiction Studies programme, also hosted at the same University.

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