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  • ISBN: 9780593490990
  • ISBN: 0593490983
  • ISBN: 9780593490983
  • Physical Description: 289 pages ; 24 cm
  • Publisher: [New York] : Viking, [2023]

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Summary, etc.: "Richly drawn stories about the lives of ordinary families in contemporary Botswana as they navigate love, relationships, tradition, caretaking and grieving in a rapidly changing world. A young widow who for a nearly a year wears mourning clothes in part as a warning to those who believe the old superstitions about bad luck following--even though she's unsure what the traditions mean or whether she is ready to meet the world without their protection. A girl who blossoms into womanhood as her once vibrant aunt lays dying in the room next to hers, torn by familial obligation and her growing desire for independence. An older sister who returns home from a confusing time in America only to explain at every turn why she's left the land of opportunity. A younger sister hiding her sexual exploits from her family while her older brother openly flaunts his infidelity. The stories collected in CALL AND RESPONSE introduce women whose desires and obligations will be achingly familiar and who anchored to a place that's new in fiction - in the village of Serowe, where the author is from, and in Gaborone, the capital city of Botswana. The protagonists here chart the emotional journeys of seeking love and opportunity beyond the barriers of tradition and circumstance. Suffused with beauty, sorrow, and longing, Gothataone Moeng--part of a new generation of writers coming out of Africa whose voices are ready to explode onto the literary scene in the West--explores the inherent clashes between tradition and modernity, ancestral expectations and imported dreams. In the tradition of writers like Chimamanda Adiche and Jhumpa Lahiri, her work offers us insight into communities, experiences and landscapes that have been underexplored, through stories that are cinematic in their sweep, with unforgettable female protagonists"--

  • Booklist Reviews : Booklist Reviews 2022 December #1
    In Moeng's debut collection, each story showcases Batswana women in various stages of life navigating through cultural expectations, relationships, and family changes in the contemporary world. When a sick aunt moves in with her family, teenage Boikanyo finds herself avoiding her additional caretaking responsibilities to secretly enjoy fleeting youthful pleasures. Keletso grows up keeping an obedient and virtuous façade while struggling to accept the infidelity openly practiced and accepted by her own family members. Mrs. Kennekae struggles with loneliness and wanting to be loved as much as her husband loves his cattle herd when he leaves her for three weeks every winter. Three half sisters band together to care for their ailing mother and share childhood memories to cope with their changing familial responsibilities. Moeng paints beautiful vignettes of modern Botswana, exposing readers to communities and traditions of her home country while exploring dichotomies and relational tensions familiar to all readers. Her beautiful, lyrical prose and memorable characters make this collection a delight to read. Copyright 2022 Booklist Reviews.

Author Notes

Gothataone Moeng was born in Serowe, Botswana. She was a Wallace Stegner Fellow in Fiction, a Summer Workshop scholar at Tin House, and an Emerging Writer Fellow at A Public Space. Her writing has appeared or is forthcoming in American Short Fiction, One Story, Virginia Quarterly Review, A Public Space, Ploughshares and Oxford American. She holds an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Mississippi. She is currently at work on a novel.


Subject: Women Conduct of life Fiction
Women Fiction
Botswana Fiction
Genre: Short stories.

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