Maya Fowler: As jy ‘n ster sien verskiet

“When you see a shooting star”

Published by Tafelberg, Cape Town, 2011

Ricky, aged 14, has been suspended from school for bad behaviour. Ricky’s absentee father is represented only by a monthly maintenance payout. Her older brother Wayne is dying of Aids after running away from home and getting hooked on drugs. Her hippie mother, who sobered up for a while, goes back to alcohol after Wayne’s death and does even less mothering than before.
 After Wayne’s death, Ricky runs away and works in another small town in a restaurant at a filling station. But then things happen which give her a reason to go back home, to face once again the life she left behind.

  • Shortlisted for Sanlam prize for youth literature
  • Shortlisted for MER prize
  • The manuscript is available in English under the title Detour

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