Ten African Novels You Should Know

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  • 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
  • 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

Maru — Bessie Head

Set in a rural villiage in Botswana, Maru tells the story of a young woman who confronts discrimination and falls in love when she accepts a job as a teacher in the village where members of her ethnic group are looked down upon. 

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