REVIEW | The Daughters of Nandi is a clever parable about oppression and liberation

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The Daughters of Nandi by Nokuthula Mazibuko Msimang. (Paivapo)
The Daughters of Nandi by Nokuthula Mazibuko Msimang. (Paivapo)

BOOK: The Daughters of Nandi by Nokuthula Mazibuko Msimang (Paivapo)

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.

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