Phaks joined the anti-apartheid struggle and went into exile before his daughter Ruru was born. He never returned. Years later, Ruru goes to Tanzania in search of the remnants of his life. She finds it in his widow and his 'pillow Books'- journals he kept while coming to terms with his mortality. Struck by the parallels with her teenage letters to her late mother, she reads to find answers to her questions: Who was he? Why did he not return? She reads to find a sense of belonging in the world. Informed by Africa's recent history and examining its effects on ordinary families lives, the novel depicts the resilience of the people of the continent. A story of the parting of ways and the merging of spirits, bound by blood and undeclared immutable love, The Wanderers is an atmospheric novel that lingers unforgettably in the mind.