Book Review Of “Evening Primrose” By Kopano Matlwa @QuercusBooks @QuercusUSA


With urgency and tenderness Evening Primrose explores issues of race, gender and the medical profession through the eyes of a junior doctor.

When Masechaba finally achieves her childhood dream of becoming a doctor, her ambition is tested as she faces the stark reality of South Africa’s public healthcare system.

As she leaves her deeply religious mother and makes friends with the politically-minded Nyasha, Masechaba’s eyes are opened to the rising xenophobic tension that carries echoes of apartheid.

Battling her inner demons, she must decide if she should take a stand to help her best friend, even it comes at a high personal cost. (From Goodreads)

Thank you to Quercus Books #Partner for the free book, in exchange of an honest review. All opinions are my own.

I rate this book a 3.5 out of 5 stars.

This little book, packs a big punch. The formatting style I really enjoyed. It’s very heavy, with a pretty intense subject matter. Rape, Depression, and suicide. Also if you are sensitive to talk of a woman’s monthly cycle, or a lot of talk of vaginal bleeding, maybe you should pass on this one. This was an interesting read for me, a lot of the times, I shy away from religious undertones, and bible quotes. I managed to finish one, and it held my interest. I did enjoy the ending, it made all of Masechaba’s suffering seem worth it. She got a happy ending, after everything was all said and done.

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