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An Elegy for Easterly (Paperback)
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An Elegy for Easterly (Paperback)

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Paperback 288 Pages / Published: 03/12/2009
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Winner of the Guardian First Book Award, and shortlisted for the Frank O'Connor Short Story Award, this is an unforgettable collection of powerful stories by a stunning young voice from Zimbabwe. A woman in a township is surrounded by dusty children but longs for a baby of her own; an old man finds that his job making coffins at No Matter Funeral Parlour brings unexpected riches; a politician's widow stands quietly by at her husband's funeral as his colleagues bury an empty casket. Petina Gappah's characters may have ordinary hopes and dreams, but they are living in a world where a loaf of bread costs half a million dollars - a country expected to have only four presidents in a hundred years. In this spirited debut, Gappah evokes the resilience and inventiveness of the people who struggle to live under Robert Mugabe's regime whilst also battling issues common to all people everywhere: failed promises, unfulfilled dreams, and the yearning for something to anchor them to life.

Publisher: Faber & Faber
ISBN: 9780571246946
Number of pages: 288
Weight: 237 g
Dimensions: 198 x 126 x 18 mm
Edition: Main

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“An Elegy for Easterly”

The book comprises of short stories of people striving to survive in Zimbawe and the challenges they face in their daily life.Some stories were better than others in holding the readers attention. The better stories... More

Paperback edition
15th May 2009
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“An Elegy for Easterly”

I wasn't entirely sure what to expect when I began reading "An Elergy for Easterly". What I found was a collection of short stories, centered around people and families living in Zimbabwe. I... More

Paperback edition
13th May 2009
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“An Elegy for Easterly”

Taken individually as well as when assembled collectively, the short stories that comprise Petina Gappah’s debut collection, An Elegy for Easterly, offer a powerful lament for the Zimbabwe of Gappah’s childhood, a... More

Paperback edition
27th February 2013
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