Bukhosi has gone missing. His father, Abed, and his mother, Agnes, cling to the hope that he has run away, rather than been murdered by government thugs. Only the lodger seems to have any idea. Zamani has lived in the spare room for years now. Quiet, polite, well-read and well-heeled, he's almost part of the family - but almost isn't quite good enough for Zamani. Cajoling, coaxing and coercing Abed and Agnes into revealing their sometimes tender, often brutal life stories, Zamani aims to steep himself in borrowed family history, so that he can fully inherit and inhabit its uncertain future.

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Kirkus Reviews

26 Nov 2018
8.0
"A multilayered, twisting, and surprising whirlwind of a novel that is as impressive as it is heartbreaking." ...
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The Guardian

09 Aug 2018
8.0
"Tshuma is incapable of writing a boring sentence: she inhabits her narration so totally that even the most absurd and silly actions become believable. The wordplay and absurdist plot lines act as comic relief, but the author never lets us forget the ...
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The Skinny

04 Jun 2018
8.0
"Novuyo Rosa Tshuma's House of Stone is a remarkable novel, using the intimacy of personal narratives to sculpt the history of Zimbabwe for the contemporary reader" ...
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Helsinki Book Review 04 Jun 2018

8.0
"House of Stone is a fascinating blend of history, storytelling, violence, love, patriarchy, and unreliable narration. Perhaps it could have done with some more editing... nonetheless, an intriguing novel by a new voice, a novel deserving of more att ...

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SIMILAR Books

Published:

June 7, 2018

Publisher:

Atlantic Books

ISBN:

978-1-786-49316-3

Language:

English

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