KILLING KAROLINE – A MEMOIR BY SARA-JAYNE KING (MF Books)
Karoline is born during apartheid, the outcome of an illegal affair between a British woman and a black South African man. Classified as ‘white’ at birth under the regime’s race classification laws, her true parentage emerges just days after she’s born. At six weeks, she’s taken out of the country under the pretence of needing medical attention in the UK. There, she’s adopted and christened Sara-Jayne; her biological mother tells friends and family that the newborn died while receiving the medical treatment.
Sara-Jayne is raised by a white, middle-class family in Surrey, but has the sense of being an outsider, and is troubled. At 26, she goes to SA to enter rehab and is confronted with the lie that has defined her life – and the family who ‘killed her off’.