Breaking Milk

Dawn Garisch

Héloïse Press



ISBN: 9781739751586


Publication date: 19 March 2024

Rights: UK & Commonwealth


Set on a farm in the Eastern Cape, and taking place over one day, the novel is a wrought meditation on motherhood and our destructive relationship tothe Earth.

A former geneticist, Kate is now an award-winning maker of organic cheese. She relies on the farm’s routine to hold steady as her day teeters on a knife’s edge: her estranged daughter is in London, waiting for her conjoined twins to survive surgery, while keeping her own mother away. Meanwhile, Kate’s employee Nosisi’s son is undergoing initiation. Forbidden to have contact with him during this traditional passage into the world of manhood, she anxiously awaits his return.

Breaking Milk is an evocative exploration of motherhood at the crossroads of the South African landscape, environment and science.

Dawn Garisch

Dawn Garisch is an author and medical doctor. She is founding member of the Life Righting Collective. She has published seven novels, two collections of poetry, short stories, a non-fiction work and a memoir. She has produced five plays and a short film, and has written for television. Her poem ‘Blood Delta’ won the DALRO prize (2007); ‘Trespass’ was shortlisted for the Commonwealth Prize in Africa (2010); ‘Miracle’ won the EU Sol Plaatje Poetry Award (2011); and ‘What to Do About Ricky’ won the Short.Sharp.Stories competition (2013). Her novel Accident was longlisted for the Barry Ronge Sunday Times Fiction Award (2018). In 2023 she published her first collection of short stories What Remains.