263pp., paperback, Cape Town, 2004
Niq Mhlongo's debut novel. A young man is caught between the world of the university and the world of the township.
"Mhongo uses his witty, gritty and vibrant style to address issues such as safe sex, Aids, xenophobia, poverty and the challenges young people continue to face in the new South Africa." Ido Lekota, Sowetan
"Mhlongo's work is witty and clever and has no pretensions of being a new work for a new democracy - it simply is. A tale from the heart of his disconsolate being, it reverberates." Maureen Isaacson, Sunday Independent
Niq Mhlongo is the author of the novels Paradise in Gaza, After Tears and Way Back Home, the short story collections Soweto, under the apricot tree and Affluenza, and the collection of essays Black Tax: burden or ubuntu? He lives in Soweto.