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Tightrope Teaser Tuesday: Got No Secrets by Danila Botha

By Tightrope Books | February 16th, 2010 | Print This Post | Email This Post | Leave a Comment

Check out this advance sneak peek of a story from Got No Secrets, a collection of short fiction by Danila Botha, forthcoming this spring.


There is colour exploding out of the corners of my eyelids. When I close my eyes, when things are supposed to be pitch black, I see it. Dancing fireworks, exploding paint cans, multi-coloured moving comforters and pillows. She said it would go away if I just kept my eyes shut, put my head down. She promised that if I just tried to relax the frog feeling would go away. I feel like I have a frog hopping up and down in the middle of my brain, up and down, trying to get out. Ribbet, ribbet. Thick, gooey frog feet jumping in my skull. A warning sign: “Hello girl, you are way too smacked.”

Click here to read the full story: http://acoustic-image.co.za/literature/entry/smacked_a_short_story_by_danila_botha/

In Got No Secrets, Danila Botha takes us into the private lives of twelve different women, with only one question in mind: What if these women were you? A South African copywriter is transplanted to the urban jungle of Manhattan. A recovering rape victim tries to resume a normal life. A Toronto nurse cuts herself to fill her emptiness. From addiction to abuse, from childhood to suicide, from Hillbrow, Johannesburg, to downtown Toronto, Botha’s prose is compassionate, provocative, often funny, and always fearless. This is the debut of a startling and original new voice that owes as much to Black Flag and Bikini Kill as it does to J.D. Salinger and Heather O’Neill.

Danila Botha was born in Johannesburg, South Africa. She volunteered with Na-me-res, an organization benefiting the homeless, which inspired many of the stories in Got No Secrets. Her writing has appeared in 24 Hours, Yoink! Magazine, and NOW. She lives in Halifax.

Pre-order Got No Secrets here: http://tightropebooks.com/category/g/

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