Liv’s Secrets

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September 1, 2021

Liv’s Secrets is a his­tor­i­cal saga of one fic­tion­al South African Jew­ish fam­i­ly, the Weiszs, immi­grants from East­ern Europe, a wavelet of Lithuan­ian Jews on South Africa’s shores.

Along­side the Weisz fam­i­ly, oth­er char­ac­ters inhab­it the nov­el where his­tor­i­cal fig­ures inter­act with the fic­tion­al cast amid the back­ground of South Africa’s racial tur­moil and aparthei­d’s author­i­tar­i­an iron fist.

Decades pass, and gen­er­a­tions of Weisz fam­i­ly mem­bers play out the ful­ly fledged saga in the back­ground of the chill­ing real­i­ty of World Wars and esca­lat­ing racial ten­sions with­in South Africa that cul­mi­nat­ed in the bloody Sharpeville Mas­sacre, March 1960, and its aftermath.

In 1960, the saga piv­ots on the third gen­er­a­tion, embod­ied by Liv Weisz. Five years ear­li­er, a recent divorcee, pas­sion­ate and head­strong, she heeds the call to become part of the resis­tance to the author­i­tar­i­an White apartheid gov­ern­ment. She pays an unimag­in­able price with resound­ing con­se­quences for many char­ac­ters, as the coun­try itself under­goes seis­mic, racial­ly evoked challenges.

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