ISBN 978-1- 946395-03- 0 | paperback | $15.95 | publication date Aug 2018
Sisters, friends, mothers, daughters
In her debut collection of short fiction, Reneilwe Malatji invites us into the intimate lives of South African women, their whispered conversations, their love lives, their triumphs and heartbreaks. This diverse chorus of female voices recounts misadventures with love, family, and community in powerful stories woven together with anger, politics, and wit.
We overhear the hushed stories of women who endure their husbands’ nyatsis (mistresses), their abuse, or both. We reflect on the legacy of South Africa’s past for today’s relationships. We laugh at the ribald tale of a spinster woman encountering a male stripper for the first time, or the story of a woman befriending the gigolo next door. Reneilwe crafts an engaging collection full of rich, memorable characters who navigate work, love, patriarchy, and racism with thoughtfulness, strength, and humor.
Reneilwe Malatji was born in South Africa in 1968. She grew up in Turfloop township, in the northern part of South Africa, during the era of apartheid. Her father was an academic and her mother was a school teacher. Malatji trained as a teacher and worked as a subject specialist and advisor to provincial education departments. She recently completed a post-graduate diploma in Journalism and an MA in Creative Writing at Rhodes University. She works as a lecturer at the University of Limpopo in South Africa and has an adult son. Love interrupted is her first book.