Travelling to other countries sounds like something that was happening ages ago, isn’t it? I don’t know about you, but I did not go anywhere past the borders of Romania in the past 12 months. Physically, that is. Because my mind has travelled so much during the past year … from Ghana to Japan, from the UK to Egypt, from Uganda to South Korea.
This post is all about Africa – books set (at least partially) in a country from the African continent. There are all books that I read and that I definitely recommend – if you’re interested in finding out more about them, please follow the link to read my review.
🇪🇹 Ethiopia | The Shadow King by Maaza Mengiste
Let’s start with a historical fiction book set in Ethiopia! The Shadow King (my review) tells the story of the war between Ethiopia and Italy during WW2. The main focus of the book is on the overlooked contribution of women soldiers in this conflict – the women who did not only care for the wounded, but also fought alongside men.
🇳🇬 Nigeria | The Girl with the Louding Voice by Abi Daré
The story of Adunni, a 14-year-old girl who grew up in a village in Nigeria, is one of the most emotional and inspiring I’ve ever read (my review). Her journey starts from being sold as wife of a local taxi driver to becoming a housemaid and continuing her attempts to get educated, to have “a louding voice”.
🇬🇭 Ghana | Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi
Homegoing (my review) tells the story of multiple generations (100+ years) descending from the same Asante woman from Ghana. Starting with two half sisters, Effia and Esi, the stories unfold on two parallel streams of the family tree. The two sisters have very different lives – one marries a British Governor, while the other is a enslaved – leading to contrasting lives of their descendants.
🇺🇬 Uganda | We Are All Birds of Uganda by Hafsa Zayyan
Next destionation: Uganda! Sameer, a young lawyer working at a top law firm in London, gets to know better the roots of his ancestors from Uganda, including the impact of the turbulent political dynamics and twice migration (my review). I discovered Uganda through the eyes of Sameer and it was an amazing journey!
🇲🇬 Madagascar | Red Island House by Andrea Lee
Last stop in Africa: the beautiful island of Madagascar! 🌴 Red Island House (my review) follows the development of a 20+ year marriage between Shay, an African American professor, and Senna, her wealthy Italian husband. The marriage topic is rather the foundation on which other elements are build on – a wide variety of stories about the culture of the Malagasy people, as seen through the eyes of a foreigner.
What stories set in Africa did you enjoy? Please let me know, I’m looking for book recommendations to discover more countries from the African continent!
If you liked this post you might enjoy:
- When travelling meets literature: Book trails in Europe
- When travelling meets literature: Books that take place in another country than my home country Romania
‘Till next time … happy reading!