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

Butterfly Burning — Yvonne Vera

Butterfly Burning tells the story of a tragic romance set in one of Zimbabwe's Black townships during the 1940s.

(Photo: Farrar, Straus and Giroux Publishing)

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