Destined from birth to inhabit two very different worlds - that of her father, the wealthy Joseph Sakavungo, and that of her mother, his mistress - this emotive tale takes us to the heart of a young girl's attempts to come to terms with her own identity and fashion a future for herself from the patchwork of the life she was born into. Beautifully constructed, warm and wise, this is a novel that will transport the reader to a world in which we can all become more of the sum of our parts.
Ellen Banda-Aaku is a Zambian writer. She has won several awards for her writing, including the Macmillan Writers Prize for Africa – Most Promising New Writer Award in 2004, Commonwealth Short Story Competition in 2007 and Penguin Prize for African Writing in 2010. She was also nominated for the Commonwealth Book Prize in 2012.