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A Child is Born in Alice: Read an Extract from Nakhane Toure’s Debut Novel, Piggy Boy’s Blues

Nakhane Toure

Piggy Boy's BluesNakhane Touré’s debut novel, Piggy Boy’s Blues, was recently released by BlackBird Books and portrays a Xhosa royal family past its prime and glory.

The novel is centred around the protagonist Davide M’s journey back to his hometown Alice in the Eastern Cape.

Vanguard has shared an extract from Piggy Boy’s Blues, in which Esther tells Jeremiah about her pregnancy and they return to Alice, where she gives birth to their son, Ndod’enkulu M.

Read the excerpt:

It was winter and the streets of Cape Town were cold and grey. In the tiny room she rented Esther had just told Jeremiah her news, trembling like a blade of grass. They were in love. He laughed to himself while he paced the room, more a little snigger than a laugh, which she thought was cruel. For Jeremiah the room had suddenly become unbearably hot. He removed his coat and flung it next to her on her bed. “It’s itchy,” he said, flaring his nostrils, excusing himself like a schoolboy.

She watched her hands and asked, biding her time: “Itchy?” She had nothing else to say. He nodded his head, still pacing the room. He loosened his tie. Something in his mind had begun to take shape. An idea was being knit. He had made the same mistake twice. Twice! he thought, not daring to say it to Esther. He was elated, though, for this time it was with a woman he loved. Thank God! He stopped pacing and smiled at her.

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