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Books: The Ones with Purpose by Cynthia Jele


The Ones with Purpose by Cynthia Jele is a remarkable story of family, disappointment, sacrifice, forgiveness, and love.

With her sister, Fikile, dead from breast cancer, her father long gone, her mother emerging from years of slumber, and her younger brother, Mbuso, consumed with rage that refuses to settle, Anele Mbuza has no choice but to collect herself and grow up. Or does she?

Because, if truth be told, she has not signed up to be her family’s caretaker. Surely her dreams are valid?

The Ones with Purpose is published by Kwela Books. Order it here.

Cynthia's debut novel, Happiness is a Four-Letter Word (Kwela Books, 2010), won numerous awards including the 2011 Commonwealth Writers’ Prize in the Best First Book category (Africa region) and the 2011 M-Net Literary Award in the Film category.

It tells the story of Nandi, Zaza, Tumi and Princess - four ordinary friends living life in the fast and fabulous lanes of Joburg who suddenly find no amount of cocktails can cure the stress that simultaneously unsettles their lives.

The film adaptation was released at the box office countrywide in February 2016.


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