A Family Affair-Sue Nyathi


With her new novel, Nyathi tells the tale of an unravelling family torn apart by terrible secrets. Behind their carefully manicured façade, which is made up of traditional values, Christian faith and duty, the Mafus are complex and compromised. A Family Affair is a romance-packed story that features truly memorable characters and explores some finely drawn societal concepts. “My creative-writing process begins with me wanting to tell a story. I call myself a storyteller by passion and an analyst by profession. Once I have decided on the story, I then decide who are the people to carry it. Characterisation is an important part of my process, which begins with me giving birth to the characters”. – Sue Nyathi, Mail and Guardian