BOOK: The Daughters of Nandi by Nokuthula Mazibuko Msimang
In Nokuthula Mazibuko Msimang’s debut novel The Daughters of
Nandi (Paivapo), three women inherit the task of lifting an ancestral curse
that begins when Nandi and Senzangakhona conceive a baby prior to wedlock.
Nandi alone faces the consequences. Repeatedly humiliated, she goes Old
Testament on everyone: "A curse upon the house of eLangeni for what they
did to me,” she says. "They will know hurricanes, whirlwinds and unending
rain” and persistent heartbreak. Once on the other side, however, her spirit
has eternity to rethink the legacy her words left among the living. She kicks
into ancestor mode and begins transmuting it through three descendants.