J. S. Watts (Jacqui) is the author of ‘A Darker Moon’ and of several short stories and a poetry sequence - Songs of Steelyard Sue.
But this time, I am not speaking about Shuki, but his niece, daughter of his sister. Her name is Meriam Kanduracai, and she is sixteen years old when the novel begins. She is, of course, fictional.
The novel is set in Australia. Shuki now lives on a property that I've set between Uralla and Armidale on the New England Tablelands of NSW.
(Uralla is now called Bellerusse, and Armidale is now Leverson.)
But word has spread, and even though Meriam doesn't know what happened to her, others can guess. Her prospective husband demands a purity test.
When Shuki meets her, she can scarcely walk for the beating dealt out by her father. It is not the worst of it. There is no place for an impure girl in Elbarada, and certainly not one who is pregnant. No neighbour or relative would ask tactless questions if Meriam vanishes; they understand that it is sometimes very difficult for a man to do his duty for the honour of his family.
I am supposed to tag several people to continue this 'blog tour.'
I am tagging, therefore, any of my author acquaintances who want to do it.
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