Twenty-five years ago, Margaret Busby’s groundbreaking anthology Daughters of Africa was published to international acclaim and hailed as “an extraordinary body of achievement . . . a vital document of lost history,” said the Sunday Times.
New Daughters of Africa continues that tradition for a new generation, bringing together a selection of fresh and vibrant voices that have emerged from across the globe, from Antigua to Zimbabwe and Angola to the United States. Key figures, including Margo Jefferson, Nawal El Saadawi, Edwidge Danticat and Zadie Smith, join popular contemporaries such as Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Imbolo Mbue, Yrsa Daley-Ward, Taiye Selasi and Chinelo Okparanta in paying tribute the heritage that unites them.
Each of the pieces in this remarkable collection demonstrates an uplifting sense of sisterhood, prides the strong links that endure from generation to generation and addresses the common obstacles female writers of color face as they negotiate issues of race, gender and class and confront vital matters of independence, freedom and oppression.
A glorious portrayal of the richness, magnitude and range of these visionary writers, New Daughters of Africa spans centuries and genres: autobiography, memoir, oral history, letters, diaries, short stories, novels, poetry, drama, humor, politics, journalism, essays and speeches. Bold and insightful, brilliant in its intimacy and universality, this essential volume honors the talents of African daughters and their inspiring legacy.
Indeed, this is a must-read book and another fantastic author in Ms. Busby, who is traveling from London to Atlanta, to see at the NBCC.