Kwela Books have revealed the cover for Nozizwe Cynthia Jele’s new book The Ones with Purpose. This would be her second book after Happiness Is A Four Letter Word her debut offering.
Kwela Books is a South African publisher specialising in African writing, both fiction and non-fiction. While they like claiming to be a “small publisher” their roster of writers is anything but. It includes Nuruddin Farah, Kgebetli Moele, Niq Mhlongo, HJ Golakai, Lauri Kubuitsile, Sindiwe Magona, Songeziwe Mahlangu, Zakes Mda, Ndumiso Ngcobo, Novuyo Tshuma, and Mukoma wa Ngugi to name but a few.
One of Kwela’s better known writers is novelist Nozizwe Cynthia Jele who burst onto the South African literary scene in 2010 with her debut novel Happiness Is A Four Letter Word. That book would win everything in its wake including the 2011 MNET Literary Award, 2011 Commonwealth Best First Book Africa Region Award, Nielsen Booksellers’ Choice Award 2010/2011 shortlist and make the Herman Charles Bosman 2010/2011 shortlist. The novel was then fashioned into a movie with the same name and that broke South African box office records that are probably only now being revised by Black Panther.
The Johannesburg based writer’s sophomore novel is almost with us and her publisher as a birthday present to her shared with us the cover for the new book which is called The Ones with Purpose. There is no indication on the release date but we can only surmise that it will be coming sooner rather than later. We did a basic google search and we got what we hope is the genuine brief from Graffiti Books which we have reproduced below;
When her sister, Fikile, dies fighting breast cancer, Anele has to ensure that the ceremonies and rituals preceding the burial are performed. Fikile’s husband, Thiza, is nowhere to be found.
Memories of Fikile, who sacrificed her youth to take care of their household and trapped herself in a marriage with Thiza, haunt Anele. Only she knows of the chance Fikile had to escape.
We are looking forward to this book and wish the novelist a happy birthday.