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Mother to Mother: Introduction
Mother to Mother: Plot Summary
Mother to Mother: Detailed Summary & Analysis
Mother to Mother: Themes
Mother to Mother: Quotes
Mother to Mother: Characters
Mother to Mother: Terms
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Mother to Mother: Theme Wheel
Brief Biography of Sindiwe Magona
Historical Context of Mother to Mother
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- Full Title: Mother To Mother
- When Written: Mid 1990s
- Where Written: Unknown
- When Published: 1998
- Literary Period: Contemporary
- Genre: Realistic Fiction
- Setting: South Africa
- Climax: Mxolisi stabs The Girl.
- Antagonist: The Colonial Government
- Point of View: First person, Mandisa, addressing second person “You” of The Mother
Extra Credit for Mother to Mother
Multitalented. Magona has had several acting roles, including in an adaptation of the first novel published in Xhosa, Ityala, and as a voice actor in the animated film Khumba.
Ripped from the headlines. Mother to Mother is based on a real life murder—Amy Elizabeth Biehl, an American Fulbright scholar studying in South Africa was murdered by a group of young black men. Magona took this tragedy and fictionalized it, imagining a single boy was responsible for the murder, and investigating his life and his history.