Love in South Africa, but love with an edge. The story is set, mainmly, in a white, protected, suburb in South Africa. The protagonist is visiting his sister-in-law and her husband. His wife recently passed away and now he has travelkled south from The Netherlands for a change in his life, a change in scenery. He wants to see his wife’s sister, with whom he was in love in the olden days. In that protected suburb where everyone knows everyone a murder (?) takes place and it seems the brother-in-law is involved in it. A love story with a dark edge, the edge of adultery.
The name of the sister-in-law is Tilia, named after the tree ’tilia cordata’. A lime tree that grew at the treefarm run by the parents of both sisters. Love grew at first, but there is no opportunity for the lime to continue growing in South Africa.
Jan ter Haar – Linden groeien niet in Afrika – Amsterdam 1997 – 127 pages