Nathacha Appanah gives us a thought-provoking tale of war, family and loss narrated through the eyes of Raj, a 70-year-old man, who takes us back in time to relive his childhood. The Last Brother is an extraordinary, emotionally moving and poetic tale of childhood, friendship, family, loss, survival and forgiveness, presented by Appanah with great sensitivity.
Set in the city of Yopougon, Abouet’s Aya trilogy takes us back to a time when Cote D’Ivoire was a place of intriguing characters and a myriad of humourous experiences. We meet Aya, a 19-year-old teenager with a strong focus and personality, a mind of her own and great aspirations.
Set in the 80s and 90s, in Bulawayo, the story starts with the house next door burning down in a blaze of fire which results in the death of Mrs McKenzie. Ian McKenzie, her stepson is held responsible and imprisoned but released after two years. This is where the fascination begins and Lindiwe Bishop is hypnotised by her white neighbour. The two strike an unusual relationship that will take them on a roller-coaster of emotions. Though Ian did not cast a spell on the impressionable Lindiwe, she is addicted to him.
Welcome to Nairobi, where the heat makes New Orleans on a hot summer day feel like spring. An unknown white woman is murdered and her body is left on the doorstep of a Rwanda Professor, Joshua Hakizimana, revered for the lives he saved during the Rwanda genocide – A bad combination for a murder investigation.
Andre Brink unearths memories of his childhood, young adult years and the shock awakening about the levels of deep rooted divisions based on race during the apartheid era of South Africa. Brink, who is one of South Africa’s most acclaimed authors, leaves no stones unturned in this personal memoir, which serves as a lens into the personal conflict and struggles of his life.
Rwanda, land of a ‘thousand hills,’ conjures up a varied number of memories for many of us but the most vivid are images of the 1994 genocide. An atrocity, which left over half a million people dead, and forced the international community to make its promise of ‘Never Again.’
Welcome to Mannobe, a village with its own personality. It is clear from the onset that Chioma Okereke is a wordsmith, which shines through as her narrative is rich in language. From the sights and sound of Mannobe village, to its exotic taste and colourful characters, with unusual names like Allegory, Jericho, Driver, Guitar and Babylon, Okereke paints a story canvass that pulls you in and makes you want to know each person.