Pink Gins Under a Mango Tree
Joanne van Driessen
Life is a series of dramas and, big or small, they should all be remembered.
Pink Gins Under A Mango Tree spans two decades, set in the tropical Gold Coast of West Africa during the colonial days before independence and then in the newly independent Ghana. This is about the life and dramas of a middle-class family, the father, a Dutch Resistance fighter and survivor of Dachau, his strong willed young English bride and their three daughters.
Sylvie relocates from the north-east of England to join her husband, Rudi, in Ghana. In stark contrast to her life in England, Sylvie finds herself in an exotic country living the high life, with maids and servants to take care of the mundane running of the house and grounds.
However, Sylvie soon begins to scratch the surface of her idyllic surroundings and see people for who they truly are. A visit to the doctor with unexpected results, a callous husband who is more interested in other people's opinions than his own wife's health, a return trip to England with horrifying events and a surprise visit to her husband's office all test and challenge Sylvie.
Could a blossoming friendship be the start of a new life for Sylvie once again?