After Tears

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Ohio University Press, Sep 1, 2011 - Literary Collections - 272 pages
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Bafana Kuzwayo is a young man with a weight on his shoulders. After flunking his law studies at the University of Cape Town, he returns home to Soweto, where he must decide how to break the news to his family. But before he can confess, he is greeted as a hero by family and friends. His uncle calls him “Advo,” short for Advocate, and his mother wastes no time recruiting him to solve their legal problems. In a community that thrives on imagined realities, Bafana decides that it’s easiest to create a lie that allows him to put off the truth indefinitely. Soon he’s in business with Yomi, a Nigerian friend who promises to help him solve all his problems by purchasing a fake graduation document. One lie leads to another as Bafana navigates through a world that readers will find both funny and grim.

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User Review  - whitewavedarling - LibraryThing

This is a fast read, but there's not all that much to it. The characters tend to be either unthinking or one dimensional, and the writing is a bit amateurish as well. I would say it's an easy read to ... Read full review

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User Review  - getupkid10 - LibraryThing

A story about Bafana, a college kid from Soweto, who fails out of the University of Cape Town's law school, and is forced to move back with his uncle in Chi, Soweto. Embarrassed and ashamed of his ... Read full review

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About the author (2011)

Niq Mhlongo was born in 1973 in Soweto, South Africa. He is the author of Dog Eat Dog and After Tears, both published by Ohio University Press in its Modern African Writing series. Mhlongo lives in Soweto.

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