Fiction. LGBTQIA Studies. Winner of the Inagural Pius Adesanmi Memorial Award for Excellence in African Writing. All his life Kabelo Mosala has been the perfect child to his doting absent parents, who show him off every chance they get. Both his parents and his small community look forward to him coming back after medical school and joining his father's practice. They also plan to give him the perfect township wedding. But Kabelo's one wish has always been to get as far away from the township as he possibly can and never come back. A few weeks before he leaves for university, however, he forms a close bond with Sediba, one of his childhood friends, confirming his long-held suspicion that he is gay. Their relationship is thrown into turmoil by social pressures and conflicting desires, and it starts to look as if they can't be together. But against all odds the two young men make their way back to each other, risking scorn from the community that raised them. In her characteristic, beautifully modulated voice, with razor-sharp clarity, Kagiso Lesego Molope tackles an urgent issue in her country of birth.
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Kagiso Lesego Molope was born and educated in South Africa, before coming to Canada in 1997. Her first novel, DANCING IN THE DUST (Mawenzi House) was highly praised. THIS BOOK BETRAYS MY BROTHER won the Percy Fitzpatrick Prize for Youth Literature in South Africa, where it was first published. SUCH A LONELY, LOVELY ROAD (Mawenzi House, 2018) is her latest novel. She lives in Ottawa.Author City: OTTAWA, ON CAN