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Novels for adults and youth about:

The Igbo (African People)

Achebe, Chinua.
Arrow of God (1964)
TCPL Adult Fiction: F Achebe

From the Publisher: Set in the Ibo heartland of eastern Nigeria, one of Africa's best-known writers describes the conflict between old and new in its most poignant aspect: the personal struggle between father and son.

Achebe, Chinua.
No Longer at Ease (1960)
TCPL Fiction: F Achebe
Sequel to Things Fall Apart.

From the Publisher: The story of a man whose foreign education has separated him from his African roots and made him parts of a ruling elite whose corruption he finds repugnant.

Colonialism in Nigeria

Echewa, T. Obinkaram.
I Saw the Sky Catch Fire (1992)
TCPL Adult Fiction: F Echewa

From Library Journal: Nigerian-born Echewa shows how a changing society has substituted individuality for community and reveals the purpose of the grandmother's storytelling. A brief Igbo-English glossary is included. - Harold Augenbraum, Mercantile Lib., New York Copyright 1991 Reed Business Information, Inc.

The Lives of Young People in Africa by African Writers or Who Have Spent Time There

Dow, Unity.
Far and Beyon' (2000)
TCPL Adult Fiction: F Dow
Grades 9-12

From Booklist: Botswana's first female High Court judge draws on her experience in the women's rights struggle to tell a searing story of a contemporary family in southern Africa. [excerpt] Hazel Rochman Copyright American Library Association. All rights reserved

Kessler, Cristina.
No Condition is Permanent (2000)
TCPL Young Adult Fiction: YA Kessler
Grades 9 and up

From Booklist: "I have spent 19 years in Africa, and many of my women friends are circumcised. I wrote this book, in part, for them. It's my attempt to educate people about a harmful traditional practice that my friends and a growing number of women around the world are fighting to end." [from the Author] Copyright 2001 American Library Association.

Mankell, Henning.
Secrets in the Fire (2003)
TCPL Children's Fiction: J Mankell
Grades 6-9

From School Library Journal: A hard-hitting, eye-opening novel that brings readers face-to-face with the horrors of war. Although a work of fiction, it is based on the real-life experiences of Sofia Alface, a friend of the author. [excerpt] (Allen & Unwin, 2002). Mary N. Oluonye, Shaker Heights Public Library, OH Copyright Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc.

Naidoo, Beverley.
Out of Bounds: Seven Stories of Conflict and Hope (2003)
TCPL Children's Fiction: J Naidoo.
Grades 5-7

From School Library Journal: This powerful collection takes readers on a sometimes harrowing journey through the nightmare that was apartheid South Africa. The stories take place at various times between 1948, the year that marks the beginning of apartheid, through 2000. The main characters, who come from different ethnic and economic groups, are all children, and Naidoo's reliance on a child's perspective ensures that the material remains emotionally manageable. [excerpt] Sue Giffard, Ethical Culture Fieldston School, New York City Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information, Inc.

Ngugi wa Thiong'o.
Weep Not, Child (1987)
TCPL Adult Fiction: F Ngugi wa

This novel follows Njoroge, a school-aged boy, and the effects of war in Kenya on his family. It portrays life in the shadow of struggle for independence from Europeans.

Paton, Alan.
Cry, The Beloved Country (1948)
TCPL Adult Fiction: F Paton

This novel is considered the classic work of literature from South Africa and is an Oprah Book Club pick. It is the story of South Africa on the eve of apartheid and of Kumalo, a black minister, and the issues he faces that make this a story of pain, forgiveness, and redemption. The discussions of race and religion are just as relevant today as they were nearly 60 years ago.


The Chinua Achebe Encyclopedia (2003)
TCPL Adult Non-Fiction: REF 823 Chinua

Chua, John.
Things Fall Apart: Notes (1996)
TCPL Adult Non-Fiction: 823 Achebe

A Cliffs Notes criticism and interpretation of Chinua Achebe's Things Fall Apart.

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