194pp., paperback, Johannesburg, (2015) 2019
A novel about a young woman's struggles to survive, set in Harare, Zimbabwe, in 2008.
"Panashe Chigumadzi's 'Sweet Medicine' is as fresh and bracing as mountain air. It presents us with a memorable gallery of characters, mainly women, headed by the indomitable Tsitsi, who have to negotiate their way around and often confront a patriarchal society. There are choice sequences that are rendered with humour and sensitivity. Written in the tradition of a bildungsroman, the novel grants us the eyes of a young woman with which to look at a society coming to terms with itself." Mandla Langa, author of "The Texture of Shadows"
Panashe Chigumadzi was born in Harare, Zimbabwe in 1991. She grew up in South Africa and is the founder and editor of Vanguard Magazinr. She is a 2015 Ruth First Fellow.