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An Elegy for Easterly

by Petina Gappah

These stories, set against a backdrop of Mugabe's Zimbabwe, are less endearing and more cynical than the sugary tales of Alexander McCall Smith. Each chapter is a mini novella, with a twist of pathos.

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For instance: it is known that he was often in the company of Mercy now deceased, formerly of Glen View Three, notorious Mercy with men from here to Kiuwadzana.

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Dinner with Mugabe by Heidi Holland
The Thing Around Your Neck by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
 

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