Author: Zukiswa Wanner

South African Writer. Feminist. African. Mother. Lover. Author of London- CapeTown-Joburg.

This is an excerpt from Maid in SA- a novel by one of Africa’s greatest female voices in the lit scene; Zukiswa Wanner. Don’t just read this. Read this and go buy the book, then when you are done with it, go find her four other titles. Then you can thank me later.  With some exceptions, the middle-class African madam is a single parent/divorcee. Which is great for you as you will have to be an epic fail before she fires you; after all, she needs consistency in her child’s life (at least you are not like that stupid bastard who…

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I met you this week. It occurred to me that I have met you (or some version of you) many times before.I could have met you at a university, led you in a workshop, chatted to you at a residency OR MAYBE you are the person who comments on my status updates. Your sentences flow beautifully. Your prose is to be envied at. You write the type of phrases that I wish I could have thought of. You want to write as well as Adichie. Nay better than Morrison. You would like to outdo Smith. And wag your disapproving finger…

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