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Walking on Cowrie Shells

Nana Nkweti


Short Stories, Literary Fiction

Publication Date: June 2023


Stories about Cameroonian Americans that complicate the usual immigrant narratives.

Raucous and thoroughly impressive… Nkweti’s utterly original stories range from laugh-out-loud funny to heartbreaking, and are often both… Sensitivity, nuance and keen attention to history shine through on every page of the collection… These are stories to get lost in again and again.”The New York Times Book Review

This début collection of stories revels in variety—of character, style, and even genre.”The New Yorker

Beautiful and immersive… Whether Nkweti is writing about water goddesses, zombies, or aspiring graphic novelists, she reveals and celebrates the rich inner lives of those who do not fit neatly into social and cultural categories… Nkweti’s sentences soar, enthralling the reader through their every twist and turn, and often ending with a wry punch… This is a groundbreaking and vital work.”Publishers Weekly, starred review