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A title showcasing the lives of nine South African families over four or five generations, in each case ending with a teenager. All the family histories span the twentieth century, but reach further back into the past in cases where records exist. Together the family stories present a picture of the amazing complexity and diversity of South African society and history. At the same they provide an impression of present-day, post-1994 South Africa. Some of the featured families - each coming from a different cultural, economic, social and geographical background - have played a prominent social and political role, while others have lived their lives quietly and in obscurity. Each has however produced some remarkable individuals.