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Out of Africa, Out of the Fire
Jane Mortifee
Episode: P037
Broadcast dates: June 27 to July 10, 2022
Length: 24'' mins
Host: Ingrid Rose
Jane Mortifee’s 2018 novel, Out of the Fire, could be read as a balm for the troubled, chaotic times we find ourselves in. It tells of a quest for forgiveness and healing from the ravages of vengeance, bitterness and hate.

On the riverbank near an African village, a violent act sets into motion fates that intertwine and continue to bring anguish and torment through to the next generation. How can reconciliation and forgiveness ever bring healing when grief, revenge and destiny continue to play out their purpose? When a devastating fire rips through the village, lives are lost and survivors are changed forever. 
 
The scene Jane Mortifee reads for this writers radio program takes place several years after the fire. A meeting between the young woman, Ntombi, and young man, Mantla, in the first flush of awareness of their mutual attraction. The story is as much about the characters as it is the potency of the tribal earth which is Africa and the powerful spiritual healers. The trials undertaken through different destinies to find resolution.