House of Stone: A Novel (Hardback)
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House of Stone: A Novel (Hardback)

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Hardback 400 Pages / Published: 28/03/2019
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In the chronic turmoil of modern Zimbabwe, Abednego and Agnes Mlambo's teenage son, Bukhosi, has gone missing, and the Mlambos fear the worst. Their enigmatic lodger, Zamani, seems to be their last, best hope for finding him. Since Bukhosi's disappearance, Zamani has been preternaturally helpful: hanging missing posters in downtown Bulawayo, handing out fliers to passersby, and joining in family prayer vigils with the flamboyant Reverend Pastor from Agnes's Blessed Anointings church. It's almost like Zamani is part of the family...

But almost isn't nearly enough for Zamani. He ingratiates himself with Agnes and feeds alcoholic Abednego's addiction, desperate to extract their life stories and steep himself in borrowed family history, as keenly aware as any colonialist or power-mad despot that the one who controls the narrative inherits the future. As Abednego wrestles with the ghosts of his past and Agnes seeks solace in a deep-rooted love, their histories converge and each must confront the past to find their place in a new Zimbabwe.

Pulsing with wit, seduction, and dark humor, House of Stone is a sweeping epic that spans the fall of Rhodesia through Zimbabwe's turbulent beginnings, exploring the persistence of the oppressed in a young nation seeking an identity, but built on forgetting.

Publisher: WW Norton & Co
ISBN: 9780393635423
Number of pages: 400
Weight: 620 g
Dimensions: 244 x 165 x 33 mm

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“An epic historical tale of Zimbabwe/Rhodesia”

A history of a country and the people who live its story. Hurt, pain, fear and freedom.

It’s an impressively detailed and thought-provoking read for a debut novel. There’s a clear sense that the author has lived... More

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TripFiction

“Sweeping novel set in RHODESIA / ZIMBABWE”

Young Bukhosi has been captured by the police at the Mthwakazi rally, observed by the lodger of the household, Zamani. Where has he been taken? Will he ever come back?

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