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The Zimbabwean Reviews Far from Home by Na’ima Robert

Far from HomeVerdict: carrot

In a captivating tale about two teenage girls divided by decades and racial prejudice, Na’ima B Robert weaves an absorbing story about how the fight for land has shaped Zimbabwe’s colonial legacy.

Far From Home is told by Tariro and Katie, worlds apart but linked through the war over the fertile land surrounding a baobab tree in Masvingo, and a terrible family secret. Tariro is a ‘daughter of the soil’, born beneath a baobab tree in the land of her ancestors, surrounded by her loving family. Her story begins in Rhodesia in 1964 when she is a young teenager in love with broad-shouldered, brave Nhamo who makes ‘fireflies dance’ in her belly. But their lives are hit by tragedy when the Native Land Husbandry Act is enforced by the brutal Deputy District Commissioner, Ian Watson.

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