Valerie Tagwira

New Short Fiction Anthology

In Books, Literature, Writing on September 5, 2008 at 1:13 am

Women Writing ZimbabweMore good news.

One of my short stories, “Mainini Grace’s Promise” has been featured in Women Writing Zimbabwe, a new anthology which brings together short fiction from some of the finest contemporary Zimbabwean women writers.

The anthology is made up of 15 short stories and is published by Weaver Press.

Lawrence Hoba, in a review which appears in The Zimbabwean (August 26, 2008) says, “The 15 individual stories in Women Writing Zimbabwe are linked by the common attachment that each has with their country… which has seen many changes and upheavals from colonialism to independence, to the current crisis and the apparent death of democracy.”

Writers who appear in the anthology include Pat Brickhill, Diana Charsley, Petina Gappah, Rumbi Katedza, Wadzanai Mhute, Blessing Musariri, Chiedza Musengezi, Gugu Ndlovu, Mary Ndlovu, Bryony Rheam and Zvisinei Sandi.

On “Mainini Grace’s Promise”, Hoba says: “… please find it in your heart to forgive Sarai for acting the way she did… I know with all the frustrations of a failing economy, a defunct health delivery system and rampaging HIV/AIDS, we can all crack under the strain. What Tagwira achieves in her deeply felt story is to raise our level of awareness and compassion.”

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  1. Mainini Grace’s Promise- is that the one about the girl who is caring for her terminally-ill mother and hoping her aunt will return from Botswana to help? I came accross it on a website and loved it. Brilliant work!!!

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