Happily ever after

2008-07-30 00:00

Zukiswa Wanner has written this second novel, Behind Every Successful Man with a very definite eye on her market. Her heroine, Nobantu, is the intelligent wife of a very rich businessman, Andile. Andile has risen to the top of the pile of Black Diamonds in Johannesburg, and he showers his wife with status symbols, especially at her lavish 35th birthday party, just to make sure everyone knows exactly how well he is doing. Nobantu has every material thing her heart desires, and she enjoys the designer labels she puts on her back and on her feet. But she’s not fulfilled. Looking after her two children with the help of an army of staff leaves her dissatisfied. The final crunch comes when her husband introduces her to a couple at her birthday bash as “just a housewife”. She didn’t get her degree just for this. She wants to branch out on her own and design an exclusive range of upmarket clothes for children, under her own label — Soweto Uprising. Andile, however, dismisses her dreams.

Janet van Eeden

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