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"Welcome to the Crypt" – Read an Excerpt from Diane Awerbuck's Home Remedies

Home RemediesNamibiana Buchdepot has shared an excerpt from Home Remedies by Diane Awerbuck.

Home Remedies was published by Umuzi in 2012. Set in Fish Hoek, it concerns a woman called Joanna, whose life at the Fish Hoek Valley Museum of Natural History is complicated when a 12 thousand-year-old skeleton nicknamed Fish Hoek Man is discovered to be related to Saartjie Baartman. The discovery stirs up political controversy, which is only exacerbated by the arrival of a new museum boss – Struggle veteran Viola.

Read the excerpt:

Her key still worked, which meant that Viola hadn’t got around to changing the locks yet. Good. Panting, Joanna struggled to turn the fractured spokes of her umbrella right side out again, but the thing was useless. She shook the broken wings in rage and disgust and leaned hard against the door to The Fish Hoek Valley Museum of Natural History. “Welcome to the Crypt,” she told herself. She threw the umbrella in the corner. “Don’t forget that on the way out again, Jo-Jo.” She inhaled, smoothing her hair down against the rain that hammered away behind her, furious, on the wood.

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