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There Are Ants in My Sugar

by Annica Foxcroft

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If you can look back on the apartheid years and find the humour then this book is for you. I got lots of laughs out of the extreme cultural differences which Annica Foxcroft portrays well in 'there's ants in my sugar'
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It took me a while to get used to the author's style of writing, and I wondered whether she was just going to ramble on about the house and the garden for the entire book, but she pulled all the threads together and all the interesting characters too. A delightful story set in Apartheid South Africa, but unlike many such stories, it is told with a light touch.
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Sophisticated city girl Annica is married to Garth, a wealthy, self-employed inventor much older than herself. When one of his many projects also fails, Annica, together with Garth and baby daughter, have to relocate 'temporarily' to a plot in rural Transvaal, near Johannesburg. Far from being the 'great place in the country' promised to her by Garth, and against the advice of decorator friend Harry, Annica finds herself having to cope with a run-down hovel with no water supply, no electricity and no phone. She is introduced to a black domestic worker, May, to help her, except May speaks no English - and Annica speaks no Afrikaans. They are terrorized by a mysterious figure who skulks around at night, and are plagued by thick forest of tenacious, neck-high weeds that have overgrown the whole yard. Then she has to cope with an invasion of bees and an army of ants that follow the honey trail and end up moving into the sugar bowl. By now Annica and May have become good friends - and Annica has learned to speak some sort of Afrikaans. But a new crisis quickly develops around the house when Annica stumbles on a marijuana plantation and a possible plot to frame them all - and it is 1960s apartheid South Africa. When she runs into a Jewish pig farmer an opportunity to restore the family fortunes suddenly appears. But the cops have gotten wind of the plantation and are on their way and quick-thinking Annica has to do some fast talking. A mysterious fire at the neighbors suddenly connects all the dots and it seems that the family has survived winter, but can the good fortune last? Will Garth find out how he's been unwittingly involved in transporting banned substances? Could it all end well when Annica invites the Muslim trader, the Jewish pig farmer, her conservative aunt, her gay friend and May's family for a special celebration?… (more)

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