With The Dorées and My sister the serial killer.
From African science fiction to international Booker Prize winners, it’s no surprise that 2021 has been a great year for African writers and readers. As the year draws to a close, here is a reminder of some of the books by African authors that made 2021 enjoyable.
My sister the serial killer
Written by Oyinkan Braithewaite, this book is an absolute pleasure to read even if it is about murder. And, yes, her sister really is a serial killer.
The start, as you would expect, with the murder of the narrator’s sister’s third boyfriend.
The last villains of Molo
Written by Kenyan author Kinyanjui Kombani, The last villains of Molo, is an elaborate revenge story set against the backdrop of Molo’s tribal clashes in 1991.
For fans of the African Fantasy genre and books with warrior girls like Children of blood and bone series, it’s one for your shelves. Infused with mythology and culture, the story follows Deka, a daughter of the dreaded and abhorred Dorés who must become a warrior to survive in a world that otherwise wouldn’t have her.
At night all the blood is black
Although the book was originally published in 2018, in 2021 it won the International Booker Prize, making author David Diop the first writer of African descent to do so. This feat itself made this book a must read this year. However, this is not for the faint hearted. The book tells a heartbreaking story as it weaves industrial warfare, colonialism, violence, youth and friendship into one heartbreaking story.
The blessed girl
Currently on sale, this Angela Makholwa novel will give you a new appreciation for sugar babies and if not, at least you’ll be laughing while you’re at it. The story revolves around Bontle Tau who has Johannesburg wrapped around his finger. With admirers scrambling to pay for his Mercedes, penthouse, and Instagrammable vacation, Bontle will let you know it hasn’t been easy.