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Walking on Cowrie Shells

by Nana Nkweti

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Walking on Cowrie Shells by Nana  Nkweti
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    Jun 2021, 176 pages

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An eclectic short story collection that revels in the unexpected.

The stories in Nana Nkweti's dexterous debut collection examine the raw alienation of being displaced or caught between worlds through a diverse cast of characters. A teenager worries that her parents will disapprove of her aspiration to write graphic novels. A PR agent attempts to assuage public panic about a zombie outbreak. A woman feels isolated from her religious husband and mother as she contemplates abortion. A mermaid mourns the love of her 202-year-long life. Each story is a contained world with its own magic, each protagonist a fully realized construction with the walls of cultural expectations closing in around them.

The opening story, "It Takes a Village Some Say," skewers out-of-touch upper-middle-class American attitudes about Africa. It is split into two parts, the first narrated by a presumably white woman who adopts a Cameroonian preteen named Zora with her ...

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