ACHUKA Book of the Day 23 Nov 2023
Sunday Times Children’s Book of the Week 5 Nov 2023
“With emotionally rich, evocative prose from Mati’s astute point of view, Musariri deftly avoids melodrama to deliver a cast of wholly original characters facing tragedy with raw vulnerability and humor. A stunning, heartbreaking twist at the end will have readers turning back the pages to immediately reread this remarkable novel.An inventive, exquisitely written story of family, love, and loss.” KIRKUS
“A stylish new voice from a debut author to be welcomed.” BfK
“Employing an ethereal atmosphere and intimate-feeling prose, Musariri explores belonging, grief, and love in this powerful homage to family set against an intricately detailed backdrop.” Publishers Weekly
When Mati and her two siblings travel from London to Zimbabwe with their father, they are forced to confront the knotty family dynamics caused by the loss of their mother. Along for the trip is Meticais, a fabulously attired gender-neutral spirit—or ghost? or imaginary friend?—who only Mati can see and talk to. Guided by Meticais’s enigmatic advice and wisdom, Mati must come to terms with her grief and with the difficulty of a life lived between two cultures, while her family learn to forge their way in a world without their monumental mother. This is distinctive, stylish, powerful writing by a vital new voice.