Title: ‘Trapped in our shadows’
Author: Victorine Mbong Shu
Publisher: Profounder Intelligence
Launch Date: 6th July 2017 from 18:00
Venue: Skoobs Bookshop in Monte Casino
A a parenting conversationalist, Victorine writes this book with an understanding that if you touch a child, you touch a parent. You touch a child, you touch the future. After revealing that this book is in fact about her family, Victorine repeatedly said that she would have forgiven her close friend if she did not go as far as grooming her then 7-year-old daughter to live then 9 year old Stacey’s steps one after the other. Stacey Fru made news headlines in 2015 when she wrote her first book titled Smelly Cats at the tender age of 7. So how could her mother’s close friend’s daughter make history with the same headline the following year?
This is the dilemma that Victorine Mbong Shu tackles in her book as she walks us through the journey of two mothers and close friends in Johannesburg who are torn apart because one friend consistently copies the other to the extent that she now grooms her 7-year-old daughter to do exactly what her friend’s 9-year-old daughter does.
In the 292 pages, Victorine reveals that it cannot be a coincidence that the two women’s lives are so intertwined that from tender ages, their daughters started doing exactly the same things in exactly the same manner, the same places, for the same reasons and with the same ambitions.
Victorine elaborates in this book that a competitive friend could easily nurture extreme jealousy which can in turn push them to hatred and destruction. She also questions what exactly pushes parents to want to imitate others to the extent that they start empowering children from very young ages to imitate as well.
As an author on parenting herself, Victorine is saddened by the fact that the world believes the stories that her close friend says through her daughter without scruitinising them. How can this be?
How can one make history by stealing and replicating another’s life? Has the world ever found out who wrote the book for this 7-year old who emerged in 2016? Have they questions why they got a woman to write the book for her? Are people not picking it up that something is wrong from the way this child is projected to the way she speaks? Does she not speak exactly like Stacey Fru?
It is shocking how evil continues to thrive in this world. Grab your copy to live in real times. This book could be a life changer to anyone who is either trapped in another person’s shadow of have others trapped in their shadows. Each section has a lesson for all.
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Victorine Mbong Shu:
Victorine is the Award-Winning Author of the book: Stop Complaining! and Bring Back Involved Parenting (2016). She is an Involved Parenting Conversationalist, BrandSA Ambassador, Researcher, Transformational Speaker, Consultant, Mentor, Assessor, Moderator and CEO of Profounder Intelligence Management Services. She and Emmanuel are raising 4 bubbly children including Africa’s youngest multiple award-winning author of chapters’ books, Stacey Fru. Victorine holds a Master’s Degree in Communications from UJ.