Chwayita Ngamlana: If I Stay Right Here

Fiction Local Podcast Write Up

Toni Morrison says “If there is a book that you want to read, but it hasn’t been written yet, you must be the one to write it.”

A recent story revealed the tragic news of a Columbia PhD student shot in the head and killed by his boyfriend. Domestic violence is often spoken about in the context of heterosexual relationships but research shows that domestic violence is also prevalent in the LBGTIA+ community.

In this episode of the podcast, we review Chwayita Ngamlana’s If I stay right here – which is a book about a lesbian relationship. This first of its kind. It is part fiction and part autobiographical.

The book explores a number of themes such as heteronormativity, rape in relationships, toxic ideas of masculinity and many others themes.

We recommend reading this important story.

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