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Speak No Evil

by Uzodinma Iweala

"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

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

A Finalist for the International DUBLIN Literary Award Longlisted for the Bailey's Women's Prize for Fiction A Finalist for the Barry Ronge Fiction Prize A Finalist for the Aidoo-Snyder Book Prize...


Mount Pleasant

by Patrice Nganang & Amy Reid

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

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

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

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


Black Dog Summer: A Novel

by Miranda Sherry

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...


This House Is Not For Sale

by E.C. Osondu

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...


By Night the Mountain Burns

by Juan Tomas Avila Laurel

By Night the Mountain Burns recounts the narrator's childhood on a remote island off the West African coast, living with his mysterious grandfather, several mothers and no fathers. We learn of a dark chapter...


Under the Tripoli Sky

by Kamal Ben Hamada & Adriana Hunter

A fascinating portrait of a pre-Gaddafi society on the verge of change.<br><br>Tripoli in the 1960s. A sweltering, segregated society. Hadachinou is a lonely boy. His mother shares secrets with her...


The Restless Supermarket

by Ivan Vladislavić

It is 1993, and Aubrey Tearle’s world is shutting down. He has recently retired from a lifetime of proofreading telephone directories. His favourite neighbourhood haunt in Johannesburg, the Café Europa, is...


Cruel City: A Novel

by Mongo Beti & Pim Higginson

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...


Blue White Red: A Novel

by Alain Mabanckou & Alison Dundy

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,...


A Blade of Grass

by Lewis DeSoto

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...


Purple Hibiscus

by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

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,...


One Day I Will Write About This Place

by Binyavanga Wainaina

*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...


An Elegy for Easterly

Guardian First Book Award 2009

by Petina Gappah

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;...


Cion

by Zakes Mda

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 Madonna of Excelsior

by Zakes Mda

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,...