Weekend read

This novel, based on true events, makes for a fascinating read.

Worlds Apart by Carol Puhl-Snyman

This debut novel, based on a true story of events on a small wine farm in Stellenbosch in the Cape Winelands, revolves around Catherine from America and South African André, who have a small grape-producing farm in the Cape Winelands. But their dream is becoming a nightmare … a great gap has opened up between them and the resident workers, revealing vastly different perspectives.

The situation threatens the relationship between Catherine and André, compromises Catherine’s best efforts to improve farmworker life, and endangers them all. Inspired by actual events, Worlds Apart explores what can happen in a changing post-apartheid context when diverse people on one farm are forced to face off against one another.

The novel explore a reluctant, fearful journey from a crippling past into an uncertain future, yet a future bursting with promise. Author Dr Carol Puhl-Snyman fell in love with the people of South Africa when she first arrived in 1985 on a South African-American lecturing exchange in Applied Linguistics.

During that trip she met the man who would become her husband and she left America for him. They managed to buy a small wine farm in Stellenbosch, the setting for this novel. She’s changed names and dates to protect people’s privacy.  African Sun Media, available at Exclusive Books

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