Happiness is a Four-Letter Word: Cynthia Jele’s Debut
Happiness is a Four-Letter Word is Cynthia Jele’s debut novel, published this April by Kwela Books.
Nandi, Zaza, Tumi and Princess are four ordinary friends living life in the fast and fabulous lanes of Joburg. Suddenly, no amount of cocktails can cure the stress that simultaneously unsettles their lives. Nandi’s final wedding arrangements are nearly in place so why is she feeling on edge?
Zaza, the “trophy wife”, waits for the day her affair comes to light and her husband gives her a one-way ticket back to the township; Tumi has only one wish to complete her perfect life – a child. But when her wish is granted, it’s not exactly how she pictured it. And Princess? For the first time ever, she has fallen in love – with Leo, a painter who seems to press all the right buttons. But soon she discovers – like her friends already have – that life is not a bed of roses, and happiness never comes with a manual…
Happiness is a Four-Letter Word is a riveting tale that will make you want to laugh out loud and one minute after, reach for the tissues. Think Sex in the City, but in Sandton…
About the author
Cynthia Jele is a thirty-something-year-old South African-born writer. She grew up in a small border town in Mpumalanga. Her claim to fame was winning 1st and 4th prizes in the 2008 BTA/Anglo-Platinum Short Story Competition. She also holds a BA in International Business from North Central College, Illinois, and is currently employed as a management consultant. She lives in the northern suburbs of Joburg.