paperback, 350 pages
Published 2011 by Queensland University Press.
Step into the heart of modern-day Africa in this compelling story of hope and redemption.
Failed writer Frank Cole can barely remember Lettah. When his family left Zimbabwe, their beloved servant was gradually forgotten. Now, forty years on, Frank has been set a mysterious task in his mother’s will: he must find Lettah and deliver her bequest.
What Frank finds is not the country of his childhood, but a place where memories of civil war and colonial injustice fester beneath the surface, where brutality stands for the law, where fear and farce preside.
But in chaotic Bulawayo, Frank discovers life and humour among unlikely companions – friends from his youth and new acquaintances, old Rhodesians and young liberals, all those who stayed behind.
As he pieces together Lettah’s fate, Frank begins to see the new Zimbabwe – and himself – in the delicate chemistry between meaning and hope.