A South African copywriter is transplanted to the urban jungle of Manhattan. A recovering rape victim tries to resume a normal life. A Toronto nurse cuts herself to fill her emptiness. In Got No Secrets, Danila Botha takes us into the private lives of twelve different women, with only one question in mind: What if these women were you? From addiction to abuse, from childhood to suicide, from Hillbrow, Johannesburg, to downtown Toronto, Bothaâ??s prose is compassionate, provocative, often funny, and always fearless.
About the author
Danila Botha is a fiction writer based in Toronto. Born in Johannesburg, South Africa, she studied Creative Writing at York University and at Humber College’s School for Writers. Her first book, a collection of short stories called Got No Secrets (Tightrope Books, 2010) was praised by the Globe and Mail: “The force of the writing is formidable … the staying power lies in Botha’s carefully inflected first person narration.” It was also published in South Africa (Modjaji Books, 2011). Danila has guest-edited the National Post’s “The Afterword,” and her short stories have appeared in Broken Pencil’s fiction issue, Douglas Glover’s Numero Cinq Magazine, and the Adroit Journal. Too Much on the Inside is her first novel.
â??Danila Bothaâ??s debut collection of short stories makes the personal political. With clear diction, Bothaâ??s prose packs a punch. Thereâ??s no skirting the issues, masquerading behind metaphor or dancing between the lines . . . Botha explores the various shades of self-destruction. She avoids tying up her stories in a bow. She trusts all darkness brings light, though it isnâ??t always in plain sight.â?â??Shannon Webb-Campbell, The Coastâ??One of the strengths of the opening story in Danila Botha's debut collection is its reassurances of the imaginary.â?â??Jim Bartley, The Globe and Mail â??Hereâ??s a book for those of you who like your literature hungover, angst-ridden, strung out, and with trackmarks . . . Got No Secrets clearly shows that Botha has a real fire in her belly, and you feel the flames in this debut . . . sheâ??s earned my attention with her vehement debut.â?â??Chad Pelley, Salty Ink â??Botha is an emerging literary lioness on Canada's literary landscape . . . Got No Secrets packs an emotional wallop . . . powerful and poignant . . . an honest and freshly forthright debut that is filled with the headaches and heartburns of youth gone awry.â?â??Stephen Patrick Clare, The Halifax Chronicle Herald