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The Red Dress By Gabrielle Halberstam

The Red Dress
by Gabrielle Halberstam

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A beautifully evoked coming-of-age story, set in 1944 in the sweltering South African wilderness.
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The Red Dress Summary

The Red Dress by Gabrielle Halberstam

It was like looking into the crimson depths of a giant poppy. Rifke pulled off her old clothes and slipped the dress over her head, feeling its petal-soft fabric caress her skin. She darted a glance at Ma. Her mouth was set in a straight line. Still she said nothing.

The argument over the red dress is the final straw for fourteen-year-old Rifke. Fed up of living in stuffy Johannesburg with her crabby, difficult mother, she snaps and recklessly boards a train out of town.

But her fantasy escape doesn't go exactly to plan, and Rifke ends up in the middle of nowhere. With no train home for thirty days, she is forced to stay with the mysterious and unwelcoming van Niel family on their rundown farm. . . and suddenly her old life doesn't seem so bad.

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About Gabrielle Halberstam

Gabriella Halberstam was born in a small mining town in South Africa in the 1960's. From there her family moved to Durban, a city on the east coast, and subsequently in Port Elizabeth. They moved to England when Gaby was fifteen. She now lives in London with her husband and three children. She is the author of Blue Sky Freedom.

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The Red Dress by Gabrielle Halberstam
Gabrielle Halberstam
Used - Very Good
Pan Macmillan
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