2016 has been a particularly dramatic year but we like to live in a bubble of amazing books sometimes. In that regard, it has been amazingly overwhelming(if that is a thing) for books by African authors. Yes, we are not getting into the African literature discussion today please and thank you. We talked favorite reads of 2016 with our favorite readers.

Sweet Medicine – Panashe Chigumadzi
Let’s face it; heroines rule the literary world. Set at the height of Zimbabwe’s economic crisis, this deliberately feminist book deals very elegantly with Tsitsi and the decisions she has to make to survive.

Under the Udala Trees – Chinelo Okparanta
Still on strong female characters. I like that she writes about something that people deem so mordern and recent in such a way that the story is set way back in the Biafra war. Her style is refreshing. It’s like she wrote first…

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