ISBN 9780797456600
Pages 208
Dimensions 210 x 148 mm
Published 2014
Publisher Booklove Publishers, Zimbabwe
Format Paperback

Mukoma's Marriage and other Stories

by Emmanuel Sigauke

The stories in Mukoma's Marriage and Other Stories capture the lives of Zimbabwean men and the women they marry, and the lives of women and the men they fall in love with, each revealing the complexities of cultural and gender expectations against the backdrop of a changing country (war in the 1970s, political uncertainty in the 1980s and economic structural adjustment in the 1990s). Fati sets out to tell Mukoma's story, but ends up also telling his wives' stories. By telling his brother's story, and that of his women, he ends up telling his own story. Fati is a new and interesting protagonist in Zimbabwean literature with a voice at times innocent, yet increasingly incisive, humorous and engaging. These stories are deeply personal yet universal in their treatment of human relationships, ambitions, and misplaced cultural and gender expectations. Whether he is telling the story of his brother's first marriage, or remembers his brother's fights at a Parents Day event at Mhototi School, whether he recalls the night Mukoma took him to see a new baby in the alleyways of Glen View, Fati renders these stories with a measured, composed voice which doesn`t fail to delight with its unusual humour.

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About the Author

Emmanuel Sigauke

Emmanuel Sigauke is a Zimbabwean based in California, USA, where he teaches English in Sacramento. He has published poetry and short stories. He is also the founding editor of Munyori Literary Journal and is on the boards of the Sacramento Poetry Centre and Writers International Network Zimbabwe.