Earlier this year, we brought you an extract from Nigerian writer Akachi Adimora-Ezeigbo’s novel Roses and Bullets. As this book has recently been longlisted for the 2012 Wole Soyinka Prize for Literature in Africa we thought it fitting to feature another excerpt from it, courtesy StoryTime:
Ginika watched the man drive off in the pickup truck and disappear round the corner of the dirt road. She surveyed the brown envelope he had just delivered to her and felt a slight tremor in her heart. A folded scrap of brown paper, no doubt, but intuitively she felt it possessed the power to pulverize her peace. The threat was not the letter but the one who produced it, she thought. In the distance, some children played in the grass. They looked so charmingly happy; free as birds released from a cage and allowed to take wing.
Children would be happy anywhere, she thought, as long as their parents were around, as long as they had other children romping around them. Ginika lifted her eyes as if she were searching the sky. The sun was shining; the weather was fine. The July sun, she mused, was always sweet to the skin, its heat moderated by the ever-present rain clouds. Certainly, a time to be happy, but many things had gone far wrong in the land and war had just broken out…
- Roses and Bullets by Akachi Adimora-Ezeigbo
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