In the Spirit of McPhineas Lata and other stories
In many of these stories, there is a sense that things are not as they seem: a woman's husband-to-be has a questionable past and a voluptuous stranger's beauty belies her malevolence. Characters are shaped by the particular challenges of their context - a young pregnant Mosarwa girl is forced to make a terrible decision and the barren wife of a wealthy Gaborone man is made to see an old woman with supposed powers of fertility. Atmospheric and evocative, these stories will entertain and transport you to the hot, dusty heart of Botswana. The title story of this collection was shortlisted for the 2011 Caine Prize.
ISBN 9781920590345 | 134 pages | 203 x 133 mm | 2012 | Modjaji Books, South Africa | Paperback
"Lauri Kubuitsile’s stories are sweet, salty, colourful, hot, and unforgettable. Botswana-flavoured and pregnant with atmosphere, Kubuitsile’s writing slips easily between the real and the magical, between death and life, love and sex, humour and darkness, friendship and family. Just as McPhineas Lata wove his seductive spell on the village women, so too will these stories bewitch and enchant."
- Tania Hershman, editor of The Short Review and author of My Mother Was an Upright Piano and The White Road and Other Stories