In Being Kari, Qarnita Loxton writes of serious topics, patriarchy, religion, divorce, infidelity, abortion, marriage, family, friendship and pregnancy, in a light and funny way without trivializing them. It had been 10 years since 31-year-old Kari ran away from her Muslim home amidst a scandal. On Valentine’s night devoid of romance, Kari discovers that her husband had cheated on her. As if that is not enough, her 85-year-old grandmother back home suffers a heart attack. In the commotion that ensued, her mom tumbled down the stairs and broke her leg.
Kari, as a result, is urgently summoned back home. In her capacity as the only grandchild, she has to assist with everything that is happening. Ouma has to be buried within 24 hours.
A curtain then opens on more drama that involves her family, friends and community. Kari’s past and present collide. I could not put the book down. At times Kari gave me palpitations with her slaap gat attitude and propensity to complicate things.
She was a pro at bringing awkward moments upon herself through stalling. I loved the cover too. So much story in the polka dot swimsuit. The book is the first of a trilogy. There is ” Being Lily” (2018) and ” Being Shelly (2020). Although it has been said that the books can be read independently, I would rather you read the books in chronological order for perspective. I can’t wait to start on “Being Lily” soon. The Essops and Rafig’s worst nightmare.