A Quilt of Dreams

A Quilt of Dreams


A Quilt of Dreams

by Patricia Schonstein

ISBN 978-0-06-056244-1

Set in Grahamstown, South Africa, during 1990, at the height of political unrest and in the waning days of apartheid, this is the bittersweet story of two people, strangers to each other, whose lives are deeply intertwined – one a heavy-drinking white man and the other the young daughter of a black activist.

Patricia Schonstein has done it again: A Quilt of Dreams is characteristically opulent, textured and full of magic
~ Oprah Magazine

Reuben Cohen van Tonder battles with unresolved grief and his search for inner peace. Vita Mbuli innocently resolves to banish the bad luck that has plagued her family for generations. Unexpectedly for both, their private ambitions will culminate in a wondrous resolution of personal and national triumph. Filled with magic lyricism and deep insight, this novel captures the harsh and brutal realities and injustices of South Africa’s past, interlacing them with enchantment, tenderness, forgiveness and hope.

“An enthralling story, consummately told.”

~ Jacqui L’Ange, The Cape Times

“Poignant and sensitive”

~ The Good Book Guide

“A raw and touching novel”

~ Choice May 2006 (UK)

“A beautiful blend of narrative threads … told luminously … with Schonstein”s trademark touch of fantasy and lyricism.”

~ Wordsworth Books: Wordsworth Choice Volume 16

“Exquisitely written”

~ Top Billing Magazine

“An opulent dark compulsive read” (Four stars)

~ Jenny Crys Williams. Chic Lit for June 2006

“Exquisitely crafted … a small masterpiece … long may she continue to write”

~ James Mitchell, The Star

“A rich and complex piece of writing”

~ Margaret von Klemperer, The Witness


~ Drum Magazine

“Patricia Schonstein has once more unleashed her magic”

~ Anna Christensen, The Weekender

“Brilliant and bittersweet”

~ Julia Paterson, The Citizen

“She writes so superbly about hope and redemption, you’ll wish there were more pages” (Five stars)

~ Nikki Temkin, Heat

Additional information

Weight 445 g
Dimensions 21.8 × 14.7 × 2.6 cm





US Hardcover


William Morrow


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