ISBN 9781779061454
Pages 268
Dimensions 203 x 133mm
Published 2021
Publisher Pigeon Press, Zimbabwe
Format Paperback

Mulberry Dreams

by Violette Kee-Tui

Mulberry Dreams was nominated for a Bulawayo Arts Award in 2021. Read an interview with Violette Kee-Tui here.

A day before Emma's 10th birthday, her life changes irrevocably and she finds herself ripped away from everything she holds dear - family, home and homeland. It takes her 30 years to summon the courage to return, finally ready to put together the puzzle pieces of her past. Her quest for answers is backdropped by a country in turmoil and a history which, once so blurry, comes into painful focus as the ghosts of her childhood take shape. 

Set in the racially and radically different communities of pre- and post-war Bulawayo, Mulberry Dreams explores the different facets of Zimbabwean society through the lens of multiple protagonists over two generations, scarred by history, bound by circumstance, and forced to make choices for love, for family and for themselves. The reactions of a society on the brink, and the elegiac consequences of their interlocking decisions, will drive them to an inevitable and compelling conclusion. 

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"With the lightest touch, think of embroidery, this journalist­ trained author - no word wasted - with the sensibility of a poet, coaxes us out of our dens, our mulberry trees, into the rich yet scarcely told culture of Bulawayo's "Coloured" community -God's orphans, as one of its celebrated citizens once described her people to me. The plot is so finely constructed that you will be gripped with anticipation from the first page to the last; and along the way you will be entertained by a tapestry of people and plac , all interconnected, Emma threaded to Calvin, Seattle threaded to Skies, mulberries threaded to dreams ... so that every expectation that arises in you, the reader, will be satisfied."

John Eppel

About the Author

Violette Kee-Tui

Violette Sohaili Kee-Tui was born in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe. Working as a journalist from the age of 18, she found her home at the features desk where she rose to the position of Assistant Features Editor. During her time in the national media, Violette received an Honours Diploma from the London School of Journalism and won multiple accolades, most notably Feature Writer of the Year in the National Journalism Awards. Driven by the need to tell the stories of people and communities, Violette became what some would call a narrative journalist. She wrote and submitted her first short story to Bulawayo's Intwasa Short Story Competition, initially winning third place in 2010, winning second in 2011 and finally the first-place Yvonne Vera Award in 2012. While a full-time working mom, Violette began writing her first novel as part of NANOWRIMO (National Novel Writing Month), an initiative held every November to encourage creative writing by setting a target of writing 50 000 words in one month. She continues to use her journalism training in the spheres of marketing, media, communication training, community outreach, PR and freelance writing. She and her partner own a gift and art shop in Bulawayo, and together run historical and cultural tours and activities in the city.