Mopai's stories draw us into the lives of South Africans, from a lesbian couple trying to survive homophobia- to a woman living with albinism, inlove and insists on staring down at misogynist violence in many forms, from sex-for-grade abuse in college campuses to the way patriarchal societies pits women against each other and to the way such patriarchy limits men's lives too. Keletso is a brilliant storyteller and I'm eager to see what she does next.
- Mona Eltahawy, journalist and author of The Seven Necessary Sins For Women and Girls
The collection is piquant, distinctive in its style, the imagery palpable, the writing genius unmissable and filled with enchanting stories about mental-health, migration, hair politics, queerness, spirituality, and grief. I loved the queer stories in this book, they were a joy to read. I also loved Keletso Mopai's ability to write in different languages and not taking away from the narrative, so skillful.
- Letlhogonolo Mokgoroane, Cheeky Natives
There's a haunting theme of sadness that lingers over most of the stories in this book and yet it sinks its hooks into you. The despair is not immediately obvious but after almost each story there's a lingering melancholy. Keletso Mopai is an astute writer and her stories are entertaining.
- Sunday Times
Mopai gives an overview of South Africa's often neglected point of view. From unemployed post-graduates, the love struggles of people living with albinism, to gay traditional leaders. The writer and postgraduate paints a scary picture of the problems facing the post-1994 generation.
If You Keep Digging is a courageous contribution to one of the most urgent conversations of our time.
- Karabo Kgoleng, speaker, writer and broadcaster