When her sister, Fikile, dies fighting breast cancer, Anele has to ensure that the ceremonies and rituals preceding the burial are performed. Fikile’s husband, Thiza, is nowhere to be found. Memories of Fikile, who sacrificed her youth to take care of their household and trapped herself in a marriage with Thiza, haunt Anele. Only she knows of the chance Fikile had to escape. Will familial responsibility swallow Anele?s life the way it did Fikile’s? Or is she allowed something more?
Cynthia Jele is a South African novelist. Her novel Happiness is a Four-Letter Word won the 2011 Commonwealth Writers' Prize for Best First Book, Africa Region and the M-Net film prize at the 2011 M-Net Literary Awards. The novel was later adapted into a movie.