The Sins of Parents is Thabo Mooke’s debut Self-Published novel set in Mamelodi, east of Pretoria where the author grew up. The author gives a sizzling glimpse of life in Bethal and Taung, ‘the far west’. When Otswakae Rampedi experiences a nagging feeling about his origin, he confronts his mother to find his ancestral linage. His mother is unrelenting and will not tell him who his father is. His persistence to unravel the secrecy that surrounds his father drives a wedge between him and his mother.
When he is unable to pursue his dream of becoming a lawyer he works as gardener. At last fortune smiles on Otswakae and it seems dreams can come true when he finds a way to realise his career dream and also meets the love of his life.
“The book is about a traumatised young man who seeks to find his father and know his origin, to know his paternal ancestry. The search for his father plunges him into harrowing and deeply held maternal family secrets that unearth unbearable truths with crippling results”, says Mooke.
The protagonist is agonised, and seeks to know his roots and understand his ancestral linage. Nevertheless, his mother refuses to tell him who his father is and they become distraught. He tries a different approach to convince his mother to tell him who his father is by writing a poem for her.
He is unrelenting to find his father and he visits his maternal great grandmother he is let into harrowing dark secrets of his mother’s family.