If I Stay Right Here
by Chwayita Ngamlana
Chwayita has a fresh, innovative style. This is storytelling at its best; an absolute winner -- Thabiso Mahlape
Shay, a seemingly shy and innocent journalism student, is sent to a female prison to cover a story on an inmate, but falls in love instead. Two months later, Sippy, Shay's love interest, is out of prison and they move in together. On the outside, Sippy is the haunted one in the relationship, but as their love story unfolds, it turns out that Shay has her own secrets. This immersive and interesting story -- written with no small amount of flair and intensity -- is sexually charged and filled with moments of lacerating violence, both emotional and physical. At heart, it is the story of a woman's inability to let go of that which both nourishes and destroys her.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Chwayita Ngamlana was born and raised in Grahamstown. She is an only child who found comfort and companionship in reading and writing from the age of 10. She has a degree in music and has her master's in Creative Writing. This is her debut novel -- and it won't be the last.