Rented Silence

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1960s & '70s,Earlier 20th Century

Lucia Mann

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Experience post-WWll Africa through the eyes of characters who unearth the painful secrets of those times.


Drama, Memoir,,Historical Fiction

Short Summary

Two premature 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. What could provoke a mother to bury her twin babies alive?


Zululand, South Africa

Based on a True Story


Plot - Premise

,The emotional venerability of a "mom's" heart.,Tragedy

Plot - Other Elements

Meaningful Message

Mature Audience Themes

Sexual Abuse

Main Character Details

Name: Shiya

Age: newborn to adulthood

Gender: Female

Role: Emotional

Key Traits: Aspiring, Educated, Heroic, Selfless

Additional Character Details

Name: Anele

Age: 40

Gender: Female

Role: Mentor

Key Traits: Narcissistic, Power-hungry, Unapologetic, Villainous, Aggressive, Charming,Aspiring,Empathetic

Additional Character Details

Name: Lord Hallworthy

Age: 60

Gender: Male

Role: antagonist

Key Traits: Greedy, Manipulative, Narcissistic, Unapologetic,Aspiring

Additional Character Details

Name: Twazeli - witch doctor

Age: 90

Gender: Male

Role: skeptic

Key Traits: Outspoken

About The Author

Lucia Mann, humanitarian and activist, 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-WWll to modern times.

Target Audiences

Age: 35-54

Target Gender: Universal

Group Specific

Information not completed

Publishing Details

Status: Yes: with a Publisher

Publisher: Grassroots Publishing Group, CA. USA

Year Published: 2016

Hard Copy Available