Being Kari

For Kari du Toit, Valentine’s Day will never be the same again. When the love of her life reveals he’s been unfaithful to her, life, romance, and everything in-between come crashing down. Suddenly it seems as if her alternative, past life – one far removed from Bloubergstrand’s sandy beaches – is slowly catching up with her. After ten years of silence, Kari receives a call from her estranged brother. Her beloved grandmother has passed away, and she is summoned to assist with the funeral proceedings. At the foot of Devil’s Peak, where neighbourly salaams and burkas are as ordinary as yellow polka-dot bikinis, she once again becomes Karima Essop, daughter of Amina and Farouk Essop. Daughter, sister, deserted. For Kari, sometimes finding love means going back to where you came from. Will her two identities ever learn to see eye to eye?

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Kwela Books
Apr 17, 2017

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Book Club Questions

  1. What are the key themes in this novel? Did any resonate with you?
  2. What is your view of Valentine’s Day? Could you relate to any of the characters in the way they experienced it?
  3. What did you think of Kari’s relationship with Dirk?
  4. How do you think you would have reacted if you were Kari, both in the conflict with Dirk and in the conflict with her family?
  5. Could you relate to the friendship between Kari, Lily, Di, Shelley and Owen?
  6. Who is your favourite character, and why?
  7. What did you think of the way that Cape Town was depicted in the novel?
  8. Did you think the novel was funny? If so, what was the funniest moment for you?
  9. Who was your least favourite character? Why? What was the lowest moment with this character?
  10. Is there anything that surprised you about this novel?


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