‘The grooves’, by Namwali Serpell

On a Delaware beach vacation, 12-year-old Cassandra Williams (also known as Cee, or C) is swimming with her beloved 7-year-old brother, Wayne, when a tide catches him in the ruts of its waves. Breathing heavily, she hugs his back as she approaches the shore; they collapse on the sand, exhausted, with Cee drifting in and …

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Review of The Grooves of Namwali Serpell

“The Old Drift,” Namwali Serpell’s 2019 debut novel in every way, covers more than a century in the lives of three families in Zambia, the author’s birthplace. At over 560 pages, the book demands and wins significant engagement from even the fastest reader. “Imagine the equation, or imagine the graph, of the Archimedean spiral,” writes …

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