Bukhosi has gone missing.
His father, Abed, and his mother, Agnes, cling to the hope that he has run away, rather than been murdered by government thugs. Only the lodger seems to have any idea…
Zamani has lived in the spare room for years now. Quiet, polite, well-read and well-heeled, he’s almost part of the family – but almost isn’t quite good enough for Zamani. Cajoling, coaxing and coercing Abed and Agnes into revealing their sometimes tender, often brutal life stories, Zamani aims to steep himself in borrowed family history, so that he can fully inherit and inhabit its uncertain future.
Novuyo Rosa Tshuma, winner of the 2014 Herman Charles Bosman Prize, is a graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and is a fiction editor at the Bare Life Review, a journal of refugee and immigrant literature based in San Francisco. A native of Zimbabwe, she has lived in South Africa and the US and has been invited to give public lectures at Oxford University and the Nordic Africa Institute.