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STE Publishers, 2008 - Fiction - 199 pages
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A riveting and emotional portrait of abusive conditions in rural Zimbabwe during the 1920s, this novel follows the terrible misfortunes of a brave and likable young girl as she grows to womanhood. Chinongwa always has been told that her paternal grandfather was shot and beheaded in front of her father's eyes, but she can't be sure whether this story is real because it is so intertwined in her mind with fantastical tales of talking snakes and men buried alive with mice tied to their backs. At age nine, however, her own life becomes nightmare when, in exchange for food, she is given to a man older than her father, and at age 11 she has her first baby. Throughout her ordeal, Chinongwa is sustained by the natural beauty of the countryside and her hopes that better times lie ahead, but the story sadly foreshadows the plight of present-day Zimbabwe.

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Gripping narrative about a hard topic upheld by simple folk who just want to survive. Though the custom of child brides is always troublesome, somehow I had feeling the author wanted to present ... Read full review


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\Lucy Michot was born in Zimbabwe and grew up in a village during the apartheid era.

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