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The Guardian Picks the Best African Fiction of 2013

Alert! The Guardian’s list of Best African Fiction for 2013 includes NoViolet Bulawayo’s Man Booker Prize shortlisted We Need New Names and Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s Chicago Tribune Heartland Prize-winning Americanah.

The list of seven titles includes writers from Nigeria (Adichie, Chinelo Okparanta and A Igoni Barret), Zimbabwe (Bulawayo), Kenya (NK Read), as well as French-Congolese author Alain Mabankou and Taiye Selasi who is of Ghanaian parentage, but does not feature any South African books.

We Need New NamesAmericanahHappiness, Like WaterGhana Must GoLove is Power or Something Like ThatTomorrow I�ll Be TwentyChildren of Saba

See why these books were chosen:

Happiness like Water by Chinelo Okparanta (Granta Books)

Chinelo Okparanta’s first work, Runs Girls, was published in the Exit Strategies issue of Granta magazine. Happiness like Water is her debut collection of short stories, centred on the challenges facing Nigerians at home and abroad. A couple struggling to conceive; two women isolated in different ways seeks comfort with each other; and a young woman struggles with a dilemma to save her mother’s life.

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