Being Shelly – Qarnita Loxton
Shelley is in her forties and feels trapped. The coffee and décor shop she opened with her bestie is proving to be a gilded cage. Meanwhile her husband, Jerry, is consumed with Jewish guilt since having their twins, which reminds Shelley that she will always think of herself as the “shiksa” to his family. Then she hires Wayde Smith, a 22-year-old surfer, as barista. He makes her feel young and Shelley is tired of fighting with Jerry. She just wants to have some harmless fun. Can’t a woman be friends with her male employee?
Biblioteek aan die Einde van die Wereld – Etienne van Heerden
Prokureur Ian Brand stuur ’n ondeurdagte twiet die kuberruim in en sy lewe word oornag pure hel. Thuli Khumalo, studenteaktivis op ‘n kampus wat stink na petrol en traangas, moet kies tussen vaderverraad of haar beginsels versaak. Snaar Windvogel, vroeër van Matjiesfontein, is nou in transisie onder die lem van ’n enigmatiese plastiese chirurg. En al hoe gereelder slaan ’n kruisboogmoordenaar in die Moederstad toe . . . Hierdie en vele ander fassinerende karakters bevolk ’n landskap waarin die enigste sekerheid ónsekerheid is. Want Etienne van Heerden se tergend aktuele nuwe roman sê veel oor die tyd waarin ons lewe, waar privaatheid en identiteit abstrakte begrippe geword het, fopnuus ononderskeibaar van die werklikheid, en “die waarheid” klaarblyklik ’n onhaalbare ideaal.
Born Freeloaders – Phumlani Pikoli
Born on the cusp of democracy, the crew of young friends in Born Freeloaders navigates a life of drinking, wild parties and other recklessness. The siblings at the centre of the novel, Nthabiseng and Xolani, have been raised in an upper middle-class family with connections to the political elite. As the story moves across multiple spaces in the nation’s capital over a weekend, Born Freeloaders captures a political and cultural moment in the city’s and South Africa’s history. Interwoven is an analogous tale of the country’s colonisation and the consequences that follow.
Chinatown – Ronelda Kamfer
In die bekroonde digter Ronelda Kamfer se vierde bundel, Chinatown, bied sy opnuut poësie met ’n emosionele slaankrag wat die leser nie onaangeraak sal laat nie. Geslagspolitiek word ondersoek deur ’n vrouestem wat opklink teen die patriargie. Verwysings na ’n gebroke verhouding tussen pa en dogter kom deurlopend voor. En kwessies wat deel vorm van die huidige sosio-politieke diskoers – vrouemishandeling, rassisme en armoede – kom aan die bod, maar word met ’n diep menslikheid hanteer.
Collective Amnesia – Koleka Putuma
This highly-anticipated debut collection from one of the country’s most acclaimed young voices marks a massive shift in South African poetry. Koleka Putuma’s exploration of blackness, womxnhood and history in Collective Amnesia is fearless and unwavering. Her incendiary poems demand justice, insist on visibility and offer healing. In them, Putuma explodes the idea of authority in various spaces – academia, religion, politics, relationships – to ask what has been learnt and what must be unlearnt.
Everything is a Deathly Flower – Maneo Mohale
In one of the most anticipated debut collections of recent years, Maneo Mohale reckons boldly with the experience of – and the reconstruction of a life after – a sexual assault.
Mohale’s unapologetic and disarming voice carries through a budding and blooming garden of poetics, rooted in a contemporary southern African tradition, but springing forth in queer and radical new directions. Indeed, this is a work encompassing the full, often contradictory, and seldom complete process of healing: where relations must be chosen as well as made; where time becomes non-linear and language insufficient; where nothing is what it seems, yet everything is what it is.
Innie Shadows – Olivia Coetzee
A page turning, gender and genre-bending novel set on the Cape Flats in Capetown, South Africa; a story of people who live in a place of violence which involves drugs, corrupt clergy, queerness, friendships – and how these survive in a society that is dysfunctional due to historical social problems; very much a novel of now, the 21st century. A book that will change the literary landscape of South Africa.
Sin of Omission – Marguerite Poland
In the Eastern Cape, Stephen (Malusi) Mzamane, a young
Anglican priest, must journey to his mother’s rural home to inform her of his
elder brother’s death.
First educated at the Native College in Grahamstown, Stephen was sent to England in 1869 for training at the Missionary College in Canterbury. But on his return to South Africa, relegated to a dilapidated mission near Fort Beaufort, he had to confront not only the prejudices of a colonial society but the discrimination within the Church itself.
Conflicted between his loyalties to the amaNgqika people, for whom his brother fought, and the colonial cause he as Reverend Mzamane is expected to uphold, Stephen’s journey to his mother’s home proves decisive in resolving the contradictions that tear at his heart.
Siren – Kuli Roberts
Siren, Kuli Roberts’s gripping debut novel, is a classic
tale, jam-packed with drama, hot sex and reversals of fortune that
will keep readers zipping through the pages until the very end.