Vernal Equinox: Monkey's Wedding by Rossandra White

Adolescents Elizabeth and Tururu--she's white, he's black--share an uneasy friendship on a remote sisal plantation in 1953's Zimbabwe. Resentment to white rule erupts throwing them into the crossfire of political change and ancient ritual. 

To make matters worse, a clash between Tururu's witchdoctor grandmother and her apprentice unleash ancient fire spirits that will make the British overlords look like saints. Will their friendship survive?                                                                                                                              

The novel's dual viewpoints afford an intimate glimpse into the two faces of a country at a crucial time in its history.


A fourth generation South African, Rossandra grew up in Nkana, Zambia, and for a short time lived in Zimbabwe, where her latest novel, Monkey's Wedding, is set. Family holidays were either trips down to South Africa to visit family, over the border into the Congo or trips up to East Africa accompanied by Corky, the parrot. 

She lives in Laguna Beach with her two Staffordshire Bull Terriers with whom she fights for space in her bed. When she’s not writing, she's at the gym or hiking the hills behind her home in Laguna canyon.