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House of Stone

by Novuyo Rosa Tshuma

eBooks of the Month Modern and Classic Literary Fiction Relationship Stories Thriller and Suspense

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A striking, rambunctious, Tom Ripley-ish debut about cuckoos in the family nest, the death of colonial Rhodesia and the bloody birth of corrupt Zimbabwe.

This is a slow and challenging read about the change of Rhodesia to Zimbabwe.  It centres on an orphan boy, Zamani, who longs to be accepted as the “son” of his surrogate family with whom he lodges.  Their natural son, Bukhosi, has disappeared during the internal struggle between rival supporters of Mugabe and Nkomo which followed independence.  The boy’s father won’t talk about his past but Zamani needs the details filled in so he can feel he belongs and also to hopefully help him find Bukhosi.  He plies the man with whisky to get him to talk and so the background unfolds.  In a novel of genocide there is a great deal of violence and actually little historical detail.  The concentration is on the effect of the conflict on individual lives in a tale of deceit and deception.  Horrific stuff.

 

Sarah Broadhurst

House of Stone Synopsis

Bukhosi has gone missing. His father, Abed, and his mother, Agnes, cling to the hope that he has run away, rather than been murdered by government thugs. Only the lodger seems to have any idea. Zamani has lived in the spare room for years now. Quiet, polite, well-read and well-heeled, he's almost part of the family - but almost isn't quite good enough for Zamani. Cajoling, coaxing and coercing Abed and Agnes into revealing their sometimes tender, often brutal life stories, Zamani aims to steep himself in borrowed family history, so that he can fully inherit and inhabit its uncertain future.

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House of Stone Press Reviews

'Tshuma writes in an arresting and trenchant prose that shows a gifted artist at work' - NoViolet Bulawayo, author of We Need New Names

'Novuyo Tshuma writes with an equal commitment to Joycean formal inventiveness and political conscience, and the result is absolutely thrilling.' - Garth Greenwell, author of What Belongs to You 


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ISBN: 9781786493163
Publication date: 07/06/2018
Publisher: Atlantic Books
Format: Hardback

Book Information

ISBN: 9781786493163
Publication date: 7th June 2018
Author: Novuyo Rosa Tshuma
Publisher: Atlantic Books
Format: Hardback
Pagination: 384 pages
Genres: eBook Favourites, Literary Fiction, Relationship Stories, Thriller / Suspense,
Categories: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945),

About Novuyo Rosa Tshuma

Novuyo Rosa Tshuma grew up in Zimbabwe, and has lived in South Africa and the USA. She is a graduate of the Iowa Writers' Workshop. Her short fiction has been featured in numerous anthologies, and she was awarded the 2014 Herman Charles Bosman Prize for the best literary work in English. http://novuyotshuma.com/

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