69 Jerusalem Street
In her debut collection of short stories, Lindiwe Nkutha takes us through the minds of people you may overlook on an ordinary day. Nkutha’s words weave in and around the weights we drag behind us from one place to another, with a sensitivity and wit required for such vulnerabilities and intimate moments.
69 Jerusalem Street
In her debut collection of short stories, Lindiwe Nkutha takes us through the minds of people you may overlook on an ordinary day: The wayward neighbour you vaguely remember seeing every day as a child until the day he vanished. The face you see every weekend at the local drinking hole, you exchange a polite nod but know little about, not even her name. The young woman who is caught between her faith and her love for a woman. Their lives are untidy, tainted with the pain, joy and violence as they share with us stories they wouldn’t share with anyone else.
Nkutha’s words weave in and around the weights we drag behind us from one place to another, with a sensitivity and wit required for such vulnerabilities and intimate moments.
Lindiwe Nkutha is an author of short stories and a reluctant poet, whose stories and poems have appeared in a number of journals and anthologies. Although trained as an accountant, and working as one, she keeps kindled inside her heart (with varying levels of success) the fire to tell stories as often as she can manage it.
She is fascinated and inspired to tell these stories by the world, and the quirky and eccentric people that populate it.
Although born in Soweto, she now lives in Johannesburg with her wife Lerato, surrounded by their capricious veggie and herb garden.
“Each story here has the velocity and voluptuous fullness of a novella, or a street corner epic banter. The writing is a flourish of (un-pretentious) philosophical gravity, leavened with every day dialogue, and accessible beauty. This is an imaginative collection that sets fire to the confines of genre: It is both poetry and prose. It is all the richer for this. Unorthodox, and ultimately alive.” – Bongani Madondo
“A fine, heartwarming collection of stories that reveals the nuance of women in townships in dignified, elegant, prose. Lindiwe Nkutha tells stories about women kokasi without falling into stereotypes and clichés. She has humanized where I come from and my people, for that, I thank her.” – Welcome Lishivha