New York Journal of Books – Love Child

Love Child: A Novel

Reviewed by Lois Henderson | Released: June 28, 2011

“Ms. Kohler’s work should not be overlooked, as it holds open a vista of a whole new generation of filmmaking in, and about, South Africa.”

With her relatives hovering around her, all eager to be apportioned a part of her ample estate, the lead female protagonist of Love Child: A Novel must, on the urging of her lawyer and other family members, draw up her will. The novel, partly set in 1956, has Bill having to choose between her brother and sisters who depend on her to supplement their inadequate incomes due to their extravagant lifestyles, or her two sons, who appear to be judgmental of her (as are most adolescents of even the most well-meaning of parents). She’s in a tight corner, forced to reflect on her past.