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    On a small farm in South Africa, seven-year-old Faith lives with her mother Bella, her dog, and the fairies (小精灵) of her mother’s imagination.
Bella talks about the fairies so often that they are real in Faith’s mind. She walks by her mother’s fairy paintings cautiously, fearful that the fairies might emerge from their frames and attack her.
Faith always shouts Gem Squash Tokoloshe as she tries to protect herself from the most evil fairy spirit: the Tokoloshe.
    Bella says gem squash is a magic vegetable that can get away the Tokoloshe. She encourages Faith to eat plenty of it, although Faith hates the taste.
    A long drought forces Faith’s father to become a traveling salesman, and he only comes home on weekends. But one day he doesn’t come back at all.
    Bella becomes severely depressed and is unable to properly care for Faith. So a young black woman named Nomsa looks after her. As Bella’s mental health
declines, she withdraws further into her fairy world.
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