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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,...

Bom Boy

by Yewande Omotoso

  • Winner of the South African Literary Award First Time Author Prize
  • Shortlisted for the Etisalat Prize for Literature

Wandering in Cape Town, Leke stalks people, steals small objects, and visits doctors and...

The Lion's Binding Oath and Other Stories

by Ahmed Ismail Yusuf

Religious and ethnic conflict may be the Horn of Africa's most enduring recent legacy. But beneath its recent history of war and displacement lies human stories?families, clans, lovers, neighbors, and friends,...

La Bastarda

by Trifonia Melibea Obono & Lawrence Schimel

A teenage orphan’s quest of self-discovery in Equitorial Guinea, and a "unique contribution to LGBTQ literature" (Kirkus Reviews).

“Though I live a world away from Equatorial Guinea, I saw so much of myself...


by Florence Ndiyah

Fatti Ashi died. Startling her family and community, she comes back to life just a few hours after dying. Blessing chronicles the life of this Fatti Ashi, a young village girl who from the moment she rejoins...


by Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi & Aaron Bady

Publishers Weekly Best Books of 2017

Winner of the Windham-Campbell Prize

Winner of the Commonwealth Short Story Prize

"A soaring and sublime epic. One of those great stories that was just waiting to be told."—...

About My Mother

by Tahar Ben Jelloun & Roz Schwartz Roz Schwartz

Since she's been ill, Lalla Fatma has become a frail little thing with a faltering memory. Lalla Fatma thinks she's in Fez in 1944, where she grew up, not in Tangier in 2000, where this story begins. She calls...

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...

Tram 83

by Fiston Mwanza Mujila, Roland Glasser & Alain Mabanckou

Two friends, one a budding writer home from Europe, the other an ambitious racketeer, meet in the only nightclub, the Tram 83, in a war-torn city-state in secession, surrounded by profit-seekers of all languages...

Home and Exile

by Chinua Achebe

Chinua Achebe is Africa's most prominent writer, the author of Things Fall Apart, the best known--and best selling--novel ever to come out of Africa. His fiction and poetry burn with a passionate commitment...

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,...

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...

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...