I’m about 2/3 done with the novel. The bulk of the middle part of the novel is about the narrator’s childhood and young adulthood. It seems as if the story has strayed, but I don’t think so. If the narrator wishes to explain her son’s conditions of living to Amy’s mother, then explaining her own conditions must appeal to Amy’s mother in some way. I’m not sure how this will read alongside Coetzee’s Disgrace. One thing is that Magona’s novel is in many ways the story of the narrator becoming a reluctant mother. Disgrace offers a narrator who faces his failure as a father at the moment his daughter needs him most: her rape. I wonder if the narrator in Mother to Mother will feel that she has failed her son at the time he needs her most: the moment he kills Amy. But the narrator says she is not surprised her son has killed. Her novel is an attempt to explain that.
narrator in Magona’s novel