South Africa: Mamba Books: Little poofs and queer African stories

Here’s our overview of new LGBT-themed publications that are helping to deepen and expand our diverse community’s literary landscape. 

If I Stay Right Here

By Chwayita Ngamlana

In If I Stay Right Here, her electric debut novel, Chwayita Ngamlana explores the subjects of loneliness, obsession and sexuality.

The story follows the characters of Shay and Sip. A seemingly shy and innocent journalism student, Shay 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.