When his distant and often hard father suddenly dies, Tumiso Mashaba is stunned by his intense emotional reaction. This launches him down the road of personal investigation of his childhood, but also what it means to him now as a father to his own children. A Father is Born is about the intangible scars – inflicted by those closest to us – that we carry from childhood into the rest of our lives and the relationships we form along the way.
A gripping, poetic, vivid and deeply entertaining memoir ~ Niq Mhlongo
A Father Is Born by Tumiso Mashaba
They say a mirror never lies. If that’s the truth, then my reflection was of a broken man.
When Tumiso Mashaba’s father, Neo ‘Snowy’ Mashaba, dies at 55, it provokes in him an intense emotional reaction. Tumiso is stunned by his response, a his father was a distant and often hard man. In the aftermath, he reflections on what this means to him now as a husband and father to his own children. Will he repeat the sins of his father? Recounting his childhood, the author digs deep into his psychology, providing a deeply satisfying read with moments of intense anguish and catharsis.
A Father is Born is about the intangible scars – inflicted by those closest to us – that we carry from childhood into the rest of our lives and the relationships we form along the way. Covering themes of fatherhood, masculinity, generational trauma, abuse and mental health, A Father is Born unveils a heartrending portrait of a family trying to survive against the backdrop of a gritty, modern South Africa.