As I am spending this weekend out in the countryside in a tiny house upon a lake, rented just for a few days, I decided to read Room for rent by Richie Narvaez. Simply because of the fitting name of this speculative short story. And I am glad I did!
In the Book of Memory we are met by an albino woman named Memory who is awaiting her sentence on death row in Chikurubi prison in Zimbabwe for the murder of her stepfather Lloyd. In her novel, Gappah tackles questions around perception and identity through Memory’s recollections of her life.
“And we know a little about the cost of being traumatized that drove some to suicide, that, yes, these people were human beings operating under the most demanding of conditions.” Desmond Tutu on the death of Kevin Carter.