Rented Silence

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1940s & '50s

Lucia Mann

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Rented Silence, based on a true story, exposes South Africa's crimes against humanity during and after British colonial rule. It takes you through a roller coaster of emotions as it describes South Africa from post-WWII to modern day. "Two tiny newborns were buried alive in a compost pit, covered with corn husks and left to die. A hungry wild dog, saliva flowing, stood impatiently over the mound. As it started to dig out its prey, an escaped slave whooshed it away. Drawn by the sound of a weak human cry, the runaway cautiously approached the mournful whimper. What could provoke a new mother to bury her twin babies alive? A will to protect her children from the inescapable pain and horror of becoming chattel to an evil South African plantation owner.


Historical Fiction,

Short Summary

Post-WWII Africa through the eyes of characters who unearth the painful secrets of those times: Shiya, a white newborn rescued from an intended grave, who lives five idyllic years in the bush before she is captured, tormented, & eventually freed; Anele, the black runaway slave who saves her.


South Africa

Based on a True Story


Plot - Premise

Overcoming Monster/Villain

Plot - Other Elements

Happy Ending, Meaningful Message, Philosophical Questions, Coming of Age

Mature Audience Themes

Sexual Abuse

Main Character Details

Name: Shiya

Age: 20

Gender: Female

Role: Protagonist

Key Traits: Complex, Desperate, Honorable, Naive, Perseverance, Underdog, Aspiring

Additional Character Details

Name: Anele

Age: 20

Gender: Female

Role: Sidekick

Key Traits: Adventurous, Aspiring, Empathetic, Honorable, Modest

Additional Character Details

Name: Alan Hallworthy

Age: 30

Gender: Male

Role: Antagonist

Key Traits: Power-hungry, Aggressive, Crazy, Criminal

Additional Character Details

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About The Author

Target Audiences

Age: 18-34

Target Gender: Universal

Group Specific

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Publishing Details

Status: Yes: with a Publisher

Publisher: Grassroots Publishing Group

Year Published: 2016

Hard Copy Available



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