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Confessions of a Gambler by Rayda Jacobs

Confessions of a Gambler

by Rayda Jacobs

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In a balance of humor and heartbreak, and addiction and hope, Jacobs' exploration of a Muslim mother's look at the world is a graceful movement between a past and a present, all so interwoven as to condense each moment with another. With a son dying of AIDS and personal addiction becoming heaver and heavier, Jacobs' protagonist is one to remember, and is created so strikingly and believably that the novel is simply compelling.

Written with an eye toward painful self confession, and with a focus on hard truths, the book is a serious one. Yet, the community at the center of the book is what ensures a read which is not only powerful, but beautiful, and full of hope.

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Rayda Jacobs' enthralling portrait of contemporary Muslim life in one of the world's most dynamic and dangerous cities is delivered through the eyes of Abeeda, a single mother in her late forties who is leading a double life. To her community in Cape Town, she is a pious Muslim mother of four, coping with the death of one of her sons to AIDS. But Abeeda has succumbed to a gambling addiction, winning and losing huge amounts of money amid the glittering lights of the local casinos. As her secret vice leads her into a shadow world of sin, lies, and life-threatening stakes, Abeeda's identity as the very picture of Muslim womanhood gives way to an unforgettable portrait of a woman haunted by the memory of past desires and a life-long love affair with risk.

Confessions of a Gambler has won multiple international awards, including The Sunday Times fiction award, South Africa's premier prize for fiction. As timely as it is universal, this powerful novel animates the conflict between modernity and tradition in a society in which, when it comes to judging women who stray from the narrow paths laid out for them, all bets are off.

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In this timely novel, Abeeda, a South African woman in her late forties, is struggling to hold on to both halves of a double life. To others, she is a pious Muslim mother of four, coping with the death of one of her sons to AIDS. But Abeeda has also developed a gambling addiction, winning and losing huge amounts of money. In a series of flashbacks her life is traced as a woman in her twenties, through a torrid affair with her younger sister's fiance, Imran, and her history of taking wild risks. In all, this is a gripping story of family, addiction, religion, and redemption.… (more)

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