Banku Knots – Lebo Mazibuko

Bantu Knots explores the complicated mother-­daughter relationship between Naledi and her, other and trying to come together to understand one another. Naledi wishes she could trade her Bantu knots for the silky hair on the young lady on the box of a Dark and Lovely relaxer, she also wishes she could be more light skin like her mother. We follow Ledi as she navigates culture vs modernization, womanhood, beauty ideals and as she forgives a father who denies her.

The Ones with Purpose – Nozizwe Cynthia Jele

When her sister, Fikile, dies of breast cancer, Anele has to ensure that the rituals preceding the burial are performed. Fikile’s husband, absent in her dying days, is still nowhere to be found. Memories of Fikile, who sacrificed her youth to run their household, haunt Anele. Will familial responsibility swallow her life the way it did Fikile’s?

The Polygamist – Sue Nyathi

The Polygamist weaves a tale about four women whose lives become intertwined as a result of their love for one man. Set in modern-day Zimbabwe, the story is narrated through the four female protagonists. There’s Joyce is the legitimate first wife of Jonasi Gomora; Matipa, an ambitious, educated high flyer with an eye for the good things in life; Essie the girl next door from the poverty-stricken township where Jonasi grew up and Lindani is a beautiful young girl who has nothing going for her but her greatest assets: her beauty and her body. 

If You Want To Make God Laugh – Bianca Marais

A story of three unique women in post-Apartheid South Africa who are brought together in their darkest time and discover the ways that love can transcend boundaries. In the outskirts of Johannesburg, seventeen-year-old pregnant Zodwa lives in desperate poverty, while carefully guarding secrets that jeopardize her life. While on the other side of the country, Ruth seems to have everything her heart desires, but it’s what she can’t have that drives her crazy and former nun, Delilah, grapples with a haunting past. While the two latter women are forced back to their hometown due to personal crises, the three women’s lives suddenly become interlinked.

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