When the online bookclub idea first came to me it was honestly a no brainer. At the very start of Vuvu Vena Reads, at its core, it was about encouraging others to read. While videos and reviews have their own magic and power in this regard, there’s no stronger bond than a group of people reading the same words together. It was definitely high up there on the list of things I knew aligned with my vision for my platforms.
I’m so glad we are finally getting started. Kicking off our first bookclub pick with a book from Ekow Duker is all kinds of wonderful. According to his self-titled website, Ekow is “an oil field engineer turned investment banker turned wanna-be-data scientist and part-time author”.
Karabo, a light-skinned girl living in Mthatha, grew up with the hurtful cry of ‘yellowbone’ ringing in her ears. She hears her parents argue, not realising that questions surrounding her paternity are the cause. To Karabo, there can be no greater bond than the one between her and ‘Teacher’, as her father is called.
With her exotic appearance, people expect Karabo to coast through life on her looks alone, but she moves to London to study architecture. At a private recital, a priceless antique violin binds her fate to that of virtuoso André Potgieter, who fled to London to hide a secret – though no saint himself, he sees angels. And he’d do anything to keep seeing them.
Spanning three countries – South Africa, Britain and Ghana – Yellowbone is a powerful, enthralling story exploring belonging and identity, justice, deceit and truth.
Do join the bookclub if you haven’t already. Let’s read together!