Drinking from Graveyard Wells by Yvette Lisa Ndlovu

“Even in death, who has ownership over Black women’s bodies?”

Questions like this sit between the lines of this stunning collection of stories that engage the nuance of African women’s histories. Their history is not just one thing, there is heartbreak and pain, and joy, and flying and magic, so much magic. An avenging spirit takes on the patriarchy from beyond the grave.

An immigrant woman undergoes a naturalization ceremony in an imagined American state that demands that immigrants pay a toll of the thing they love the most to be allowed to stay. A first-generation Zimbabwean-American woman haunted by generational trauma is willing to pay the ultimate price to take her pain away—giving up her memories. A neighborhood gossip wakes up to find that houses are mysteriously vanishing in the night. A shapeshifting freedom fighter leaves a legacy of resistance to her granddaughter.

This book is for Educational Purposes Only.

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