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New Daughters of Africa


New Daughters of Africa: An International Anthology of Writing by Women of African Descent





Genre: Anthologies (Adult)
Amistad/HarperCollins USA, 2019
ISBN: 9780062912985
1056 pages


SYNOPSIS

The companion to the classic anthology Daughters of Africa—a major international collection that brings together the work of more than 200 women writers of African descent, celebrating their artistry and showcasing their contributions to modern literature and international culture.

Twenty-five years ago, Margaret Busby’s Daughters of Africa was published to international acclaim and hailed as “an extraordinary body of achievement . . . a vital document of lost history” (Sunday Times) and “the ultimate reference guide” (Washington Post). New Daughters of Africa continues that tradition for a new generation.

This magnificent follow-up to the original landmark anthology brings together fresh and vibrant voices that have emerged from across the globe in the past two decades, 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 celebrating the heritage that unites them. Each of the pieces in this remarkable collection demonstrates an uplifting sense of sisterhood, honors 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 address 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 a range of genres—autobiography, memoir, oral history, letters, diaries, short stories, novels, poetry, drama, humor, politics, journalism, essays, and speeches—demonstrating the diversity and extraordinary literary achievements of black women who remain underrepresented, and whose contributions continue to be underrated in world culture today.

Contributors: Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie • Yrsa Daley Ward • Edwidge Danticat • Phillippa Yrsa De Villiers • Esi Edugyan • Summer Edward • Eve Ewing • Nikki Finney • Roxane Gay • Barbara Jenkins • Imbolo Mbue • Nnedi Okorafor • Chinelo Okparanta • Zadie Smith and more












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Awards & Recognition []
Nominated —NAACP Awards for Outstanding Literary Work        One of African Arguments' Best Books of 2019        

One of Lit Hub’s Most Anticipated Books of 2019         One of PopSugar's Best Books by Black Women in 2019

Ms. Magazine 2019 Reads for the Rest of Us        The Turnaround Blog 2019 Staff Pick

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"A necessary wealth of work - a welcome adddition to any book shelf and a compulsory educaton for anyone unaware of the countless gifted African women journalists, essayists, poets and speakers who should influence how we see the world...indispensable."
    —The Irish Times

"An important contribution....marvellous."
    —Financial Times

"An international treasure that brings together fresh voices of women from Africa and the African diaspora...this anthology is essential...New Daughters of Africa is not only for people of African descent; it is for everyone."
    —San Francisco Book Review

"Each of the pieces in this remarkable collection demonstrates an uplifting sense of sisterhood, honors 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 address vital matters of independence, freedom, and oppression."
    —The Rumpus

"An anthology...spilling over with such a wealth of history, hope, wisdom and talent."
    —The Sydney Morning Herald

"A book to savor...a glorious portrayal of the richness, range and diversity of African women's voices...bold and insightful, brilliant in its intimacy and universality, this landmark anthology honours the talents of African daughters and the inspiring legacy that connects them—and all of us."
    —October Books independent bookstore

"Magnificently achieves its aim of honouring a unified heritage while showing the remarkable range of creativity from the African diaspora."
    The Bookseller Editor's Choice

"The most important anthology published in 2019."
    — Anthony Joseph, Wasafiri Magazine

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