The Granta Book of the African Short Story

 Hello Friends, Happy Tuesday! 
After a lively discussion and hangout at the first Afro-Lit Book Club Social of New Year 2015. We selected the book  The Granta Book of the African Short Story to begin our second year of an African Literature journey through reading. I just love how we all get to dive into the complex worlds from an African perspective and experience. We thought that a group of short stories would be a great way to start off the year and introduce us to new African authors throughout the continent. 

There are many reasons I love African stories, first I love learning about different African cultures, traditions and customs. I am also appreciating reading experiences and personal accounts from their voices and their words. Its rewrites the history of the African story  in an entirely new and exciting way with characters that are strong, mighty and courageous! My favorite story so far has been CHIMANADA NGOZI ADICHIE'S short story "the Arrangers of Marriage" about a young Nigerian woman who marries a Nigerian man who lives in Brooklyn, New York and everything is not as it seems! You will have to read the book to find out what happens , You can find more of her short stories in the book called, "The Thing Around My Neck." There are many more stories and experiences that are unique to Africans living on the continent and throughout the diaspora.
I'll write more about my favorite stories in a future post, but for now if you want to follow along, get the book and maybe we can have a virtual book club too!
Below is a brief synopsis of what the collection of short stories is all about.
Presenting a diverse and dazzling collection from all over the continent, from Morocco to Zimbabwe, Uganda to Kenya. Helon Habila focuses on younger, newer writers - contrasted with some of their older, more established peers - to give a fascinating picture of a new and more liberated Africa.
These writers are characterized by their engagement with the wider world and the opportunities offered by the end of apartheid, the end of civil wars and dictatorships, and the possibilities of free movement. Their work is inspired by travel and exile. They are liberated, global and expansive. As Dambudzo Marechera wrote: 'If you're a writer for a specific nation or specific race, then f*** you." These are the stories of a new Africa, punchy, self-confident and defiant.
Includes stories by: Fatou Diome; Aminatta Forna; Manuel Rui; Patrice Nganang; Leila Aboulela; Zoë Wicomb; Alaa Al Aswany; Doreen Baingana; E.C. Osondu.

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Thank you for Reading. Until next time!
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