Happiness is a Four-Letter Word by Cynthia Jele
01 Jun 2016
Winner in the Film Category of the 2011 M-Net Literary Awards. Winner of the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize 2011: Best First Book, Africa region.
Four friends’ lives seem to be crashing before them: Just as Nandi’s final wedding arrangements are put in place, her ex-fiancé, a man who bankrupted her heart and bank account, makes a reappearance. Zaza, the “trophy wife”, waits for the day that her affair comes to light and her husband gives her a one-way ticket back to the township. A stranger shows up at Tumi’s doorstep, claiming to be pregnant with her husband’s child … and Princess, a feisty feminist, meets Theo, a Zimbabwean painter who seems to push all the right buttons. When she falls pregnant, however, Theo goes AWOL, with half her belongings. Think Sex and the City, Sandton …
A re-edition of the 2010 prize-winning novel to coincide with the film starring Khanyi Mbau, Renate Stuurman and Mmabatho Montsho. Perfect for lovers of chick lit.
About the author
Cynthia Jele is a 30-something-year-old South African-born writer. She grew up in a small border town in Mpumalanga. Jele’s claim to fame was winning 1st and 4th prize in the 2008 BTA/Anglo-Platinum Short Story Competition. She also holds a BA in International Business from North Central College, Illinois, and is currently employed as a management consultant. She lives in the northern suburbs of Joburg. Happiness is a Four-Letter Word is Jele’s debut novel and won the Best First Book category (Africa region) in the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize 2011, as well as the 2011 M-Net Literary Award in the Film category.
Date of Publication: January 2016
Publisher: Kwela Books