Water Binds on the Lakeshore


An Anthology of Afro young adult fiction edited by Zukiswa Wanner. These stories range from the fantastical to the rumination of youth during conflict, the unknowability of death as seen through young adult eyes, to the perennial questions around family, friendship and sexual awakening. Despite the diverse themes, the stories in this historic anthology of African young adult fiction speak with voices that anyone who is or has been a teenager will be familiar with: voices that are at times assertive, sometimes uncertain but always aware of the world around them. The final stories were selected through workshops in a number of African cities, run by panels consisting of writers, literary activists and young adult readers from across the continent.

Seventeen stories, written in English, French and Swahili, have now been selected to be published in the anthology, which appears in three editions in the three languages.