Tale of Tamari


Tamari is fourteen. Her parents have died and she lives with her brother, Kuda, in their home where the rooms have been let to lodgers. Her Uncle Banda supposedly keeps an eye on them, but is more concerned about how much money he can make from the tenants.

Shimmer Chinodya is a wonderful story-teller. The characters that people the book come vividly to life as Tamara grows up and has to contend with the school bullies, the onset of puberty, and much else besides.

The Tale of Tamari is not a sad or didactic story, but one which delights us with its freshness and its empathy, besides giving us a richly varied slice of life in Zimbabwe today as orphans make their way into a future.

Tale of Tamari
Shimmer Chinodya
Weaver Press
Harare

ISBN 1 77922 026 X

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