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House of Stone
- A Novel
- Narrated by: Cary Hite
- Length: 13 hrs and 3 mins
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Pulsing with wit, seduction, and dark humor, House of Stone is a masterful debut that explores the creative - and often destructive - act of history-making.
In the chronic turmoil of modern Zimbabwe, Abednego and Agnes Mlambo’s teenage son, Bukhosi, has gone missing, and the Mlambos fear the worst. Their enigmatic lodger, Zamani, seems to be their last, best hope for finding him. Since Bukhosi’s disappearance, Zamani has been preternaturally helpful: hanging missing posters in downtown Bulawayo, handing out fliers to passersby, and joining in family prayer vigils with the flamboyant Reverend Pastor from Agnes’s Blessed Anointings church. It’s almost like Zamani is part of the family....
But almost isn’t nearly enough for Zamani. He ingratiates himself with Agnes and feeds alcoholic Abednego’s addiction, desperate to extract their life stories and steep himself in borrowed family history, as keenly aware as any colonialist or power-mad despot that the one who controls the narrative inherits the future. As Abednego wrestles with the ghosts of his past and Agnes seeks solace in a deep-rooted love, their histories converge and each must confront the past to find their place in a new Zimbabwe.
Pulsing with wit, seduction, and dark humor, House of Stone is a sweeping epic that spans the fall of Rhodesia through Zimbabwe’s turbulent beginnings, exploring the persistence of the oppressed in a young nation seeking an identity, but built on forgetting.
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6 years of crafting a brilliantly nuanced story! ✨👏🏾
I was blown away by Novuyo Rosa Tshuma's debut novel, House of Stone, which took her six years to write and craft.She skillfully weaves together a complex narrative that perfectly captures the rich history of a nation through the experiences of one family. The story explores the dissolution of Rhodesia, the birth of Zimbabwe, and the challenges of reinventing a nation and oneself. Although I appreciated the impressive lively and theatrical audiobook performance, I felt that the African dialect and Zimbabwean accent were not fully authentic, which detracted slightly from the overall experience. Despite this small criticism, House of Stone remains an incredibly accomplished novel that offers a compelling exploration of identity, nationhood, and history.