Dr. Kopano Matlwa weaves a beautiful, thought-provoking tale in Period Pain.
Masechaba, the main character, struggles to find meaning and self in a life full characterized by duality and contradiction. The duality of being African and Christian. Patriot and global citizen. Scientist and card-carrying traditionalist.
Her life takes a dramatic twist when she gets raped by her people for advocating xenophobia.
Through her eyes, we follow the struggles of reproductive health, the plight of doctors, racism and mental health.
Dr. Kopano Matlwa has taken on rather intricate subjects and cut them down to size with ease and expertise.
Period Pain is a gripping, engrossing and thoroughly entertaining novel.