368pp., paperback, First SA Edition, Johannesburg, 2008
First published in Zimbabwe in 2006. Winner of the 2008 National Arts Merit Award (NAMA)
A novel set in Mbare, Zimbabwe, in 2005, about Onai Moyo, a market woman and mother of three children, and her best friend Katy Nguni, a vendor and black-market currency dealer.
"An astonishing debut." Charles Mungoshi, author of Waiting for the Rain and Coming of the Dry Season
"Valerie Tagwira writes confident, inspirational prose about the predicament of women in modern Zimbabwe. Perhaps a young rival for Tsitsi Dangarembga is emerging, who shows us that modern Zimbabwe is a place where one can still hope for change." The Zimbabwean
Valerie Tagwira practises as a specialist obstetrician-gynecologist in Harare. Her second novel, Trapped, was published in 2020.