Zebra crossing

by Vandermerwe, Meg, 1978-

Format: Print Book 2014
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Ghost. Ape. Living dead. Young and albino, Chipo has been called many things, but to her mother - Zimbabwe's most loyal Manchester United supporter - she had always been a gift.

On the eve of the World Cup, Chipo and her brother flee to Cape Town, hoping for a better life and to share in the excitement of the greatest sporting event ever to take place in Africa. But the Mother City's infamous Long Street is a dangerous place for an illegal immigrant and an albino. Soon Chipo is caught up in a get-rich-quick scheme organised by her brother and the terrifying Dr Ongani. Exploiting gamblers' superstitions about albinism, they plan to make money and get out of the city before rumours of looming xenophobic attacks become a reality. But their scheming has devastating consequences.

Set in the underbelly of a pulsating Cape Town, Meg Vandermerwe's Zebra Crossing is an arresting debut and a bold, lyrical imagining of what it's like to live in another person's skin.

Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Soccer, superstition, and scams all go hand in hand in this inventive novel. The teenage Chipo, an albino with a penchant for finding connections through rhyming words, flees Zimbabwe with her brother to Cape Town, just before the 2010 World Cup. Their countdown to the tournament takes on a menacing tone as they hear foreigners will be kicked out, and it's decided they'll make money as quickly as possible with the help of an unsavory witch doctor. Vandermerwe's tale of the naive and retiring Chipo's unrequited love is complicated and made more interesting by the context of immigrants seeking a better life amid the dangerous political shoals of Africa. Although the pacing is bumpy and the characters and settings only broadly defined, Chipo's perpetual outsider status, and the way she is viewed with suspicion wherever she goes, makes an effective metaphor for the plight of the unwanted immigrant. The result will definitely stay with the reader; although Chipo herself may not be as magnetic a character as the reader would wish, the circumstances that conspire against her are certainly compelling.--Thoreson, Bridget Copyright 2014 Booklist"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Additional Information
Subjects World Cup (Soccer) -- (2010 : -- South Africa) -- Fiction.
Brothers -- Fiction.
Albinos and albinism -- Fiction.
South Africa -- Fiction.
Publisher London :Oneworld,2014
Language English
Description 205 pages ; 22 cm
ISBN 9781780744308 (pbk.)
1780744307 (pbk.)
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