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?

To give voice you must first survive and one baby survived to tell the truth about inhumanity to people of color like herself.


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

Development Pitch

South African Wilderness, 1945 - Night. In the pre-dawn dark, a black woman, Anele, 30's runs in terror. The runaway slave's clothing is dirty and torn. A sound of chasing hoofbeats follows. But her pursuers haven't seen her yet. She clambers over a rocky formation. Desperate she ducks into a cave. It's pitch black inside. The hoofbeats, and voices, get louder until they are directly overhead, The ground trembles, loose dirt, and rock caused by the horses crumbles down on her. Anele doesn't breath. Finally, the pursuers move on. Anele creeps out of her sanctuary to find drinking water. A vicious growl stops her dead in her tracks. A wild dog, about to dig into the ground into a small hole filled with corn husks, bares its teeth. Anele backs away ... until she hears a cry coming from under the ground. A baby! A fierce urgency possesses her. She hurls rocks at the dog until it runs off yelping. Anele runs to the source of the crying, digs with her hands and pulls out a newborn, covered in afterbirth and dirt ...

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