(From the publisher):
The story starts at the turn of the century, as a young Jewish woman, Riva Cyn, leaves behind her homeland of Lithuania and the curse of her mother who forbade her to go. It is South Africa which must become her home -- a country full of divisions, but one which nonetheless offers hope. To all, that is, except the blacks. For men and woman like Nathaniel and Evelyn Bopape life can only get worse as the race laws of South Africa are forged into shackles which will bind their children for generations to come. They are shackles that afflict not only those who wear them, but people like Harold, Riva's son-in-law, and Rosa, his daughter, whose passion for justice will not allow them to live peacefully in a country where others are not free. Ideals, however, carry a price, and those who are inspired by them too often forget the people they love in their obsessive crusade for freedom.
Yet in this struggle which takes children from their mothers and childhood from their children, the bonds of family persist. They are held together by the women; a line of mothers and daughters stretching back through generations; strong women who fight, suffer and sometimes compromise, and, bound by chains of blood and duty, endure.
Original title: Ties of Blood
Genre: Fiction→ General Fiction