Tavengerwei lived in Zimbabwe until she was 18 and her family were deeply affected by the war. The easy detail, authentic dialogue, nuance and humour reflects that as Tavengerwei draws characters that are conflicted, compassionate, but never obvious mouthpieces. I can’t recommend it enough.
In this story of present-day Zimbabwe and conflict-riven Rhodesia, talented swimmer Tumi is mistrusted for his albinism; his own uncle even connives at his kidnap. Sent to stay with his grandmother Thandiwe, Tumi mistrusts her in turn – until reading her story helps him understand what they share. Tragedy, hatred and atrocity are shown with unflinching directness, but Tavengerwei’s second novel is also an eloquent plea for acceptance and reconciliation.