|About the Book|
Thamu and Hlengiwe an academic couple go through a lean spell. Four stillbirths in five years hound Hlengiwe in the Xa landscape she is married into.Lolozela and Lilizela the two midgets Xa twin aunts make Hlengiwe’s life a misery as they insist sheMoreThamu and Hlengiwe an academic couple go through a lean spell. Four stillbirths in five years hound Hlengiwe in the Xa landscape she is married into.Lolozela and Lilizela the two midgets Xa twin aunts make Hlengiwe’s life a misery as they insist she is inadequate for their nephew. Donning donkey masks on her wedding day spells disaster.The Breakfast Meeting in Harare ushers Sophie in Thamu’s dilemma. Should he marry her to placate his aunts? An only child, he is starved of a sister.Mpongo the seer blames Ntethe Hlatshwayo the Zulu warrior of the eighteenth century for ukwesula izembe on the then Chief Xa’s junior wife. He absolves Hlengiwe on the miscarriages. Does Thamu’s junior Xa house know about Ntethe’s escapades with the chief’s wife? Are they Xas warts and all?Sobadli, Thamu’s late father keeps secrets. He doesn’t mention Sophie his daughter in Harare to his wife Ntombifuthi. Mpongo divines incest between Sophie and Thamu. The family ghost in the closet rears its ugly head again.Thamu is in a fix. Does he bring Sophie into the equation as Mpongo insists that she is the only one to break the stillbirths’ spell? Or, does he usurp the Xa chieftaincy Dlabalanda of the Xa senior house offers him?Thamu the scientist does not condone ukwesula izembe that permeates his ancestry. To him that is rape. He, a descendant of a rapist? Does he take on the Hlatshwayo surname synonymous with rape and correct a historical mistake or usurp the Xa chieftaincy?A gripping story of paradoxes. Naison brings out the hidden conflicts that define a people. This is a must read: - Sam Mkhithika. Manager Zimbabwe Broadcasting CorporationDo we really know who we are? Perspectives throw that to debate. Thamu Xa’s situation challenges conventionalism. Juxtaposing whips the storyline’s flashbacks and forwards: - Mduduzi Gwebu. NSSA ICT.