In Search of Happiness
Nana is fifteen when she travels from her village in the Eastern Cape to the city. She is overjoyed to be reunited with her family, even if they are living in a tiny shack. But she struggles to fit in at her new school, and she is shocked at the violence shown to Chino and Agnes, her Zimbabwean neighbours. When she and Agnes become close friends, and find love in unexpected places, Nana learns firsthand just how brutal ignorance can be and how hard it is to hold on to happiness.
Sonwabiso Ngcowa was born in Mpozisa village in the Eastern Cape and grew up in Masiphumelele, Cape Town. In 2011 he decided to follow his passion for writing and started a BA at UCT. Sonwabiso has also had short stories published by the FunDza Literacy Trust, Oxford University Press and Cover2Cover Books. He is a motivational speaker and mentor for young people.
Title: In Search of Happiness
Author: Sonwabiso Ngcowa
Recommended retail price: R95
Release date: March 2014
A journey full of heartache but rich in its celebration of diversity and defense of identity. A must read in a world full of prejudice and fear. -Redi Tlhabi, radio and television journalist