Ten African Novels You Should Know

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  • Half of a Yellow Sun — Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
  • So Long a Letter — Mariama Ba
  • Our Sister Killjoy — Ama Ata Aidoo
  • The Beautiful Things That Heaven Bears Dinaw Mengestu
  • Butterfly Burning — Yvonne Vera
  • Things Fall Apart Chinua Achebe
  • The Beautyful Ones Are Not Yet Born Ayi Kwei Armah
  • Maru Bessie Head
  • Weep Not Child — Ngũgĩ wa Thiong'o
  • The Famished Road Ben Okri

The Beautiful Things That Heaven Bears — Dinaw Mengestu

Set in Washington, D.C., this novel chronicles the life of a young man from Ethiopia who flled to the United States during the Ethiopian Revolution, but finds that life in America isn't what he imagined. 

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