Period Pain / Evening Primrose

Period Pain / Evening Primrose


Period Pain / Evening Primrose

Author: Kopano Matlwa

In compelling, heart-wrenching prose, Evening Primrose explores the issues of race, poverty and gender, drawing on the author’s unique insight into post-apartheid South Africa’s healthcare.

Told in the first person, Evening Primrose is the story of Masechaba, a young woman who achieves her childhood dream of becoming a doctor, yet soon faces the stark reality of working in an under-resourced state hospital. As Masechaba leaves her deeply religious mother she tries to come to terms with the death of her brother and the suffering she witnesses every day as a medical professional.

Original language

ENGLISH (UK & Commonwealth) | Sceptre / Hodder & Stoughton
ENGLISH (North America) | Quercus Books
ENGLISH (SA) | Jacana Media

Translation rights

FRENCH | Le serpent à plumes
GERMAN | btb Verlag
GREEK | Ikaros
ITALIAN | Bompiani
NORWEGIAN | Solum Bokvennen
POLISH | Czarna Owca
SPANISH | Alpha Decay

«A must read.» Stylist

«Easily one of my favourite books that I’ve read this year…. ultimately life-affirming and full of optimism. A stunning read for anyone who wants to get first-hand insight into present day South Africa.» Book Riot

«A harrowing and vital novel exploring issues of race and gender through the eyes of a young doctor in South Africa’s public healthcare system. I read it in one sitting and was totally overwhelmed.» The London Review Bookshop

«Matlwa takes on themes of gender, race and national identity with a distinctive and engaging voice, pinwheeling from humorous to heart-stabbing and (almost) back again in a mere 150 pages.» AnOther Magazine

«I highly recommend this book, it gave me an insight into a country I don’t know a great deal about and also brought an important female voice to fiction- a marginalised woman facing her demons and rising above them.» Shell Senseless

«Matlwa’s voice is one we need.» Rowan Hisayo-Buchanan, award winning author

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