BOOK: Nozuko Siyotula’s debut novel, Christopher (Jacana), was a runner-up in the Dinaane Debut Fiction Award in 2020. It’s a warm and elegant read narrated by Vuyo, a contemporary young South African trying to find her place in the world after the death by drowning of her Scottish-born husband. Set over the course of one Easter weekend, Christopher, like the patron saint, follows its characters on their journeys of self-discovery and healing. Deftly handling issues of belonging, redemption and the power of family ties in our complicated land, Christopher is sure to touch the hearts of South African readers. Siyotula studied law and is now working as a diplomat in China.
Prologue: A January by the sea