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Things Fall Apart: A Novel

by Chinua Achebe

Things Fall Apart tells two intertwining stories, both centering on Okonkwo, a “strong man” of an Ibo village in Nigeria. The first, a powerful fable of the immemorial conflict between the individual and...


Purple Hibiscus: A Novel

by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Fifteen-year-old Kambili and her older brother Jaja lead a privileged life in Enugu, Nigeria. They live in a beautiful house, with a caring family, and attend an exclusive missionary school. They're completely...


Seven Days

by Deon Meyer

In Deon Meyer's Thirteen Hours, which won the Barry Award for Best Thriller in 2011, Cape Town homicide detective Bennie Griessel struggled to solve the murder of an American girl, find her missing friend, and...


Heart of the Hunter

by Deon Meyer

Six-foot five-inch Thobela "Tiny" Mpayipheli was once a feared assassin and freedom fighter, trained by the Stasi and KGB. In post-apartheid South Africa, he's happily working in a garage. But Tiny’s quiet...


The Shining Girls: A Novel

by Lauren Beukes

THE GIRL WHO WOULDN'T DIE HUNTS THE KILLER WHO SHOULDN'T EXIST.

The future is not as loud as war, but it is relentless. It has a terrible fury all its own."

Harper Curtis is a killer who stepped out of the past....


We Need New Names: A Novel

Art Seidenbaum Award for First Fiction 2013

by Noviolet Bulawayo

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...


The Thing Around Your Neck

by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie burst onto the literary scene with her remarkable debut novel, Purple Hibiscus, which critics hailed as “one of the best novels to come out of Africa in years” (Baltimore Sun), with...


The Heart of Redness

by Zakes Mda

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...


Half of a Yellow Sun

Women's Prize for Fiction 2007

by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

With effortless grace, celebrated author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie illuminates a seminal moment in modern African history: Biafra's impassioned struggle to establish an independent republic in southeastern Nigeria...


A Grain of Wheat

by Ngugi wa Thiong'o & Abdulrazak Gurnah

The best-known novel by the great Kenyan writer

Set in the wake of the Mau Mau rebellion and on the cusp of Kenya's independence from Britain, A Grain of Wheat follows a group of villagers whose lives have been...


No Longer at Ease

by Chinua Achebe

The second book in Achebe's "African trilogy": A classic story of personal and moral struggle as well as turbulent social conflict.

When Obi Okonkwo—grandson of Okonkwo, the main character in Things Fall Apart...


Dreaming for Freud: A Novel

by Sheila Kohler

An award-winning author reimagines one of Freud's most famous and controversial cases

Acclaimed for her spare prose and exceptional psychological insights in her novels Becoming Jane Eyre and Love Child, Sheila...


The Three

by Sarah Lotz

Four simultaneous plane crashes. Three child survivors. A religious fanatic who insists the three are harbingers of the apocalypse. What if he's right?

The world is stunned when four commuter planes crash within...


Dust

by Yvonne Adhiambo Owuor

From a breathtaking new voice, a novel about a splintered family in Kenya—a story of power and deceit, unrequited love, survival and sacrifice.

Odidi Oganda, running for his life, is gunned down in the streets...


Foreign Gods, Inc.

by Okey Ndibe

From a disciple of the late Chinua Achebe comes a masterful and universally acclaimed novel that is at once a taut, literary thriller and an indictment of greed’s power to subsume all things, including the...


The Secret History of Las Vegas: A Novel

by Chris Abani

A gritty, riveting, and wholly original murder mystery from PEN/Hemingway Award-winning author Chris Abani

Before he can retire, Las Vegas detective Salazar is determined to solve a recent spate of murders....


The Housemaid's Daughter

by Barbara Mutch

Barbara Mutch's stunning first novel tells a story of love and duty colliding on the arid plains of Apartheid-era South Africa

When Cathleen Harrington leaves her home in Ireland in 1919 to travel to South...


In a Strange Room

by Damon Galgut

A finalist for the 2010 Man Booker Prize

In this newest novel from South African writer Damon Galgut, a young loner travels across eastern Africa, Europe, and India. Unsure what he's after, and reluctant to...


The Joys of Motherhood: A Novel

by Buchi Emecheta & Stéphane Robolin

A feminist literary classic by one of Africa's greatest women writers, re-issued with a new introduction by Stéphane Robolin.First published in 1979, The Joys of Motherhood is the story of Nnu Ego, a Nigerian...


The Childhood of Jesus

by J.M. Coetzee

A major new novel from the Nobel Prize-winning author of Waiting for the Barbarians, The Life & Times of Michael K and Disgrace

Nobel laureate and two-time Booker Prize winner J. M. Coetzee returns with a haunting...