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Chaos of the Senses

by Ahlem Mosteghanemi & Nancy Roberts Bloomsbury Publishing (January 15, 2015)

'Love always sits in a seat other than the one we were expecting it to, right alongside the place where we expected love to be'

In the midst of the Algerian civil war, Hayat is a young novelist trapped in a...


This House Is Not For Sale

by E.C. Osondu Harper (February 03, 2015)

The award-winning author of Voice of America paints a vivid, fully imagined portrait of an extraordinary African family and the house that holds them together.

A powerful tale of family and community, This House...


We Need New Names: A Novel

Art Seidenbaum Award for First Fiction 2013

by Noviolet Bulawayo Reagan Arthur Books (May 21, 2013)

A remarkable literary debut--shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize! The unflinching and powerful story of a young girl's journey out of Zimbabwe and to America.

Darling is only ten years old, and yet she must...


Blue White Red: A Novel

by Alain Mabanckou & Alison Dundy Indiana University Press (February 21, 2013)

This tale of wild adventure reveals the dashed hopes of Africans living between worlds. When Moki returns to his village from France wearing designer clothes and affecting all the manners of a Frenchman, Massala-Massala,...


Cruel City: A Novel

by Mongo Beti & Pim Higginson Indiana University Press (February 22, 2013)

Under the pseudonym Eza Boto, Mongo Beti wrote Ville cruelle (Cruel City) in 1954 before he came to the world's attention with the publication of Le pauvre Christ de Bomba (The Poor Christ of Bomba). Cruel City...


A Blade of Grass

by Lewis DeSoto Ecco (December 04, 2012)

Märit Laurens is a young woman of British descent who comes to live with her husband, Ben, on their newly purchased farm along the border of South Africa. Shortly after her arrival, violence strikes at the...


The Stone Virgins

by Yvonne Vera Farrar, Straus and Giroux (February 14, 2004)

Winner of the Macmillan Prize for African Adult Fiction

An uncompromising novel by one of Africa's premiere writers, detailing the horrors of civil war in luminous, haunting prose

In 1980, after decades of guerilla...


Butterfly Burning

by Yvonne Vera Farrar, Straus and Giroux (September 12, 2000)

Butterfly Burning brings the brilliantly poetic voice of Zimbabwean writer Yvonne Vera to American readers for the first time. Set in Makokoba, a black township, in the late l940s, the novel is an intensely...


One Day I Will Write About This Place

by Binyavanga Wainaina Graywolf Press (July 19, 2011)

*A New York Times Notable Book*

*A New York Times Book Review Editors' Choice*

*A Publishers Weekly Top Ten Book of the Year*

Binyavanga Wainaina tumbled through his middle-class Kenyan childhood out of kilter...


GraceLand

Hemingway Foundation/PEN Award 2005

by Chris Abani Farrar, Straus and Giroux (January 26, 2005)

Graceland is a dazzling debut by a singular new talent

The sprawling, swampy, cacophonous city of Lagos, Nigeria, provides the backdrop to the story of Elvis, a teenage Elvis impersonator hoping to make his way...


She Plays with the Darkness

by Zakes Mda Picador (March 01, 2004)

In a remote mountain village in Lesotho, the beautiful Dikosha lives for dancing and for song, setting herself apart from her fellow villagers. Her twin brother, Radisene, works in the lowland capital of Maseru,...


Cion

by Zakes Mda Picador (August 21, 2007)

A Picador Paperback Original

The hero of Zakes Mda's beloved Ways of Dying, Toloki, sets down with a family in Middle America and uncovers the story of the runaway slaves who were their ancestors.

Toloki, the...


The Whale Caller

by Zakes Mda Farrar, Straus and Giroux (October 17, 2006)

"A voice for which one should feel not only affection but admiration." --The New York Times

The Whale Caller, Zakes Mda's fifth novel, is his most enchanting and accessible book yet-a romantic comedy of sorts...


The Madonna of Excelsior

by Zakes Mda Farrar, Straus and Giroux (May 15, 2007)

A new novel by a towering presence in contemporary South African literature

In 1971, nineteen citizens of Excelsior in South Africa's white-ruled Free State were charged with breaking apartheid's Immorality Act,...


Ways of Dying

by Zakes Mda Picador (May 15, 2007)

Winner of the M-Net Book Prize

Shortlisted for the CNA and Noma Awards

In Ways of Dying, Zakes Mda's acclaimed first novel, Toloki is a "professional mourner" in a vast and violent city of the new South Africa....


The Heart of Redness

by Zakes Mda Farrar, Straus and Giroux (May 15, 2007)

A startling novel by the leading writer of the new South Africa

In The Heart of Redness -- shortlisted for the prestigious Commonwealth Writers Prize -- Zakes Mda sets a story of South African village life against...


An Elegy for Easterly

Guardian First Book Award 2009

by Petina Gappah Farrar, Straus and Giroux (May 26, 2009)

A woman in a township in Zimbabwe is surrounded by throngs of dusty children but longs for a baby of her own; an old man finds that his new job making coffins at No Matter Funeral Parlor brings unexpected riches;...


Johnny Mad Dog

by Emmanuel Dongala & Maria Louise Ascher Farrar, Straus and Giroux (May 15, 2007)

Life During Wartime, As Seen Through the Eyes of Two Congolese Teenagers

Set amid the chaos of West Africa's civil wars, Emmanuel Dongala's striking new novel tells the story of two teenagers growing up while...


Little Boys Come from the Stars

by Emmanuel Dongala, Val Vinokur & Joel Rejouis Farrar, Straus and Giroux (May 15, 2007)

The peculiar and moving story of a Congolese boy's coming-of-age amid the political strife of postcolonial Congo

"It is even said-but I admit that it's difficult to believe, even though I got this from my uncle-that...


Speak No Evil

by Uzodinma Iweala Harper (March 06, 2018)

"A lovely slender volume that packs in entire worlds with complete mastery. Speak No Evil explains so much about our times and yet is never anything less than a scintillating, page-turning read."—Gary Shteyngart...


Kintu

by Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi & Aaron Bady Transit Books (April 17, 2017)

Longlisted for the 2014 Etisalat Prize for Debut African Fiction

Winner of the Commonwealth Short Story Prize

"Kintu is a masterpiece, an absolute gem, the great Ugandan novel you didn’t know you were waiting...


The Woman Next Door

by Yewande Omotoso Picador (February 07, 2017)

A Finalist for the International DUBLIN Literary Award Longlisted for the Bailey's Women's Prize for Fiction A Nominee for the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award for Fiction A Finalist for the Barry Ronge...


Mount Pleasant

by Patrice Nganang & Amy Reid Farrar, Straus and Giroux (April 12, 2016)

In Cameroon in 1931, Sara is taken from her family and brought to Mount Pleasant as a gift for Sultan Njoya, the Bamum leader cast into exile by French colonialists. Just nine years old and on the verge of becoming...


Blackass

by A. Igoni Barrett Graywolf Press (March 01, 2016)

Furo Wariboko, a young Nigerian, awakes the morning before a job interview to find that he's been transformed into a white man. In this condition he plunges into the bustle of Lagos to make his fortune. With...


The Book of Memory

by Petina Gappah Farrar, Straus and Giroux (February 02, 2016)

The story that you have asked me to tell you does not begin with the pitiful ugliness of Lloyd’s death. It begins on a long-ago day in August when the sun seared my blistered face and I was nine years old...


Tram 83

by Fiston Mwanza Mujila, Roland Glasser & Alain Mabanckou Deep Vellum Publishing (August 17, 2015)

Exceptional debut Congolese novel uses jazz rhythm to evoke the frenzied exploitation of land and people in contemporary Africa


The Fishermen: A Novel

by Chigozie Obioma Little, Brown and Company (April 14, 2015)

In a Nigerian town in the mid 1990's, four brothers encounter a madman whose mystic prophecy of violence threatens the core of their close-knit family.

Told from the point of view of nine year old Benjamin, the...


Purple Hibiscus

by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie Fourth Estate (November 29, 2012)

The limits of fifteen-year-old Kambili’s world are defined by the high walls of her family estate and the dictates of her fanatically religious father. Her life is regulated by schedules: prayer, sleep, study,...


Black Dog Summer: A Novel

by Miranda Sherry Atria Books (February 10, 2015)

Miranda Sherry instantly became “a writer to watch” (Kirkus Reviews) with her extraordinary debut novel reminiscent of The Lovely Bones and Little Bee, about a murdered woman who observes from the afterlife...