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[Memoir]

We Were So Happy Then

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Coming home in the mid-Nineties to the new South Africa—new laws, new rules, new hope—felt not much different from coming home to the old one. De facto integration had been in place for some time, at least in public places: races mingling in the airport’s passport lines and at the glass barrier, my parents among them. But in most other ways life seemed to be going on as it always had. Except that this time, my father was dying.

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’s most recent book is a collection of essays, The Romance of Elsewhere (Counterpoint, 2017).

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