African Violet and Other Short Stories – Caine Prize Anthology 2012

The Caine Prize for African Writing is Africa’s leading literary prize. For over ten years it has supported and promoted contemporary African writing. Keeping true to its motto “Africa will always bring something new,” the prize has helped launch the literary careers of Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Segun Afolabi, Leila Aboulela, Brian Chikwava, EC Osondu Henrietta Rose-Innes, Binyavanga Wainaina, and many others.

The 2012 collection includes the five shortlisted stories and the stories written at the Caine Prize Writers’ Workshop. It will be published to coincide with the announcement of the award in July 2012.

If you’re a reader looking for a book to perk your jaded interest in a world with too many homogeneous books, African Violet and Other Stories,  is the book for you. These 15 unique short stories depict the reality of this continent: brutal, passionate and wounded. In each, the different facets of Africa glitter with tears of despair, anger, rage and desperation. But there are also glimpses of that spirit that gives Africa her strength: even in the darkest stories there is courage and hope, and sometimes laughter.