Ten African Novels You Should Know

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  • 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
  • Things Fall Apart Chinua Achebe

Weep Not Child — Ngũgĩ wa Thiong'o

Ngũgĩ wa Thiong'o's debut novel was the first by an East African author to be published in English.

Weep Not Child follows two brothers who must make difficult decisions about their lives and loyalties against the backdrop of Kenya's violent struggle for independence from British colonialists.

(Photo: Penguin Books)

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