FORMAT: Paperback Book
SUMMARY: A long letter to my daughter is the youth memoir of Marita van der Vyver, one of the most loved Afrikaans authors. It is the heartwarming letter from an Afrikaans mom to her Frenchspeaking daughter about growing up in apartheid South Africa in the 1960’s and 1970’s.
But it is also a story about language and books and the wonder of words. And how a shy bookworm from a firstgeneration middleclass family became a wellknown writer.
It is a book which is hard to put down as it traces Van der Vyver’s early years during apartheid, but at the same time it is love letter to a daughter and a language and a country. With a mother who desperately tries to make sense of it all.