Novuyo Rosa Tshuma’s new book House of Stone is set to make its official appearance in June 7, 2018. This will be the Zimbabwean writer’s debut novel.
Novuyo Rosa Tshuma first came to prominence in 2009 when her short story You in Paradise won the Intwasa Short Story Competition (now Yvonne Vera Award) for short fiction. She followed that we the release of Shadows a short story collection which was published by Kwela Books in 2013. Shadows was longlisted at the 2014 Etisalat Prize for Literature (now 9mobile Prize) and also won the Herman Charles Bosman Prize.
In 2014, Tshuma was enlisted as part of Africa39, a collaborative project by Hay Festival and Rainbow Book Club, which recognises top writers from Africa under the age of 40.
House of Stone the new work is described thus on the book jacket;
So says Zamani, the enigmatic and erudite lodger in Abednego and Agnes Mlambo’s home in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe. Bukhosi, the Mlambo’s teenage son, has gone missing, and his parents fear the worst—and most likely—possibility: that he has been disappeared by the state police. Zamani, preternaturally helpful and almost a part of the family, seems to be the Mlambos’ last, best hope of finding their son. But almost isn’t quite enough for Zamani. As he cajoles, coaxes and coerces his hosts into revealing their sometimes tender, sometimes brutal life stories, Zamani steeps himself in borrowed family history, keenly aware that the one who controls the narrative will inherit the future.
Deeply smart, highly inventive and often darkly humorous, House of Stone is a mad and glorious epic about the makings of a young post-colonial nation. This wildly ambitious, rambunctious debut bursts with wit, guile, rage and seduction, the sheer joy of invention and the power of imagination—at once charmingly playful and deeply serious, a dazzling fireworks of universal comedy and tragedy. House of Stone is an astonishing feat by a brave writer of prodigious talents.
We congratulate Novuyo Rosa Tshuma on the upcoming book which all indicators state will blow us away.