Hottest novel of the year

This brings me to the epicentre of this reflection: Masande Ntshanga’s elegiac debut novel, The Reactive. Winner of the 2013 Pen International/New Voices Award for his short story Space, Ntshanga has crafted an astoundingly brilliant novel, radiating with understanding and compassion. It fulfils William Faulkner’s injunction that “the poet’s voice need not merely be the record of man; it can be one of the props, the pillars to help him endure and prevail”.