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These are African books I think you should read. 

Children of the Quicksands by Efua Traoré

Genre: Fiction, 288 pages

Traoré’s YA novel is imaginative nourishment for young readers. It tells the story of Simi, a young Lagos girl who visits her grandmother in a Yoruba village and becomes entangled in the fate of an enchanted lake.

The Fortune Men by Nadifa Mohamed

Genre: Fiction, 352 pages

Nadifa Mohamed’s Booker shortlisted novel re-imagines the true-life story of Mahmood Mattan, a Somali sailor, who is accused of killing a shopkeeper in Cardiff. His wrongful conviction is the tragic heart of this story about love and community.

Your Crib, My Qibla by Saddiq Dzukogi

Genre: Poetry, 108 pages

Saddiq Dzukogi makes extraordinary art from the most devastating experience: the death of this daughter on her second birthday. The collection explores grief, offering the language to mourn as well as honor the dead.

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