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Kirsten Miller, Renaissance Woman, adds “Novelist” to Her CV

All is FishWriter, painter, teacher and marine mammal enthusiast Kirsten Miller’s poignant first novel, All is Fish, remains intimately tied to Mtunzini on KwaZulu Natal’s north coast – where Miller draws much of her inspiration for other aspects of her creative life.

A finalist in the HSBC SA Pen Awards (for short stories) in 2005 and 2006, Miller has a strong interest in and commitment to the literary and visual arts, and is passionate about KwaZulu-Natal. She has published short stories in three collections (“When the Master Calls”, “The Chief’s Spell”, and “White Boy” in Uncovered Mirrors, African Road and African Compass, respectively), and was also shortlisted for the EU Literary Award in 2005.

Kirsten MillerAt the centre of All is Fish is Simon, a successful Johannesburg businessman, whose carefully constructed life is rapidly falling apart. Trying to make sense of it all, he returns to his childhood home in beautiful but uncosmopolitan Zululand. It is here that the reminders of his own boyhood lead him on a journey of rediscovery of both the ordinary and the extraordinary.

His best friend Jonathan, blind and enigmatic, is trying to deal with the crushing weight of history and responsibility. Jonathan’s twin sister Sarah, scarred by that same history, is tormented by demons both visible and invisible.

These three remarkable characters try, in their own ways, to make sense of the world and their relationship to each other. Inextricably linked by fate, birth and the difficult but enriching bonds of love, this dramatic masterpiece weaves together different lives with lyrical simplicity.

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