THE BLESSED GIRLAngela MakholwaPan Mamillan The stakes are high in Angela Makholwa’s latest book — her fourth since launching her career as a novelist about 10 years ago. Makholwa has cemented her position as one of the most prolific writers in the country and has the rare ability to weave contemporary issues into her novels. Her latest, The Blessed Girl, focuses on socioeconomic issues. The novel is about a young woman from Mamelodi in Pretoria who uses her looks to propel herself into the bedrooms of wealthy businessmen. In return, they shower her with expensive gifts and fly her around the world. As in almost all relationships of this nature, these men are married and do not know that their woman on the side is not being faithful to them either. In essence, the novel talks to the controversial issue of blessers. Makholwa has created characters who are believable, and through their shenanigans, she explores this phenomenon that is rife but despised. Such affairs tend to be unbalan...

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