With these stories, the post 1986 generation are pushing the boundaries talking issues of gender equality, questioning ableism, doubting sisterhood, spinning old tales in fresh voices and exploring new territories. There is love, there is pain, there is debate, there is everything else that is rarely said of the new generation of Ugandan and African writing.
“This beautifully diverse anthology is due homage to Kampala, one of Africa’s greatest cities with a history of influence throughout the continent. Seldom has a city been celebrated in verse with such steady elegance. Subtle rhythms sweep the reader along on a poetic tour that reveals the redemptive potency of birdsong in the city or that reaffirms family ties. At the other end of the experiential scale we understand how one may lose one’s way in a contemporary Kampala of newly surfaced roads and potholes, of avenues bearing the names of heroes, of bustling markets where boda bodas zig-zag nimbly through the traffic and street vendors sell a multitude of goods from food to ladies’ shoes. Here is a Kampala that we discover for the first time and simultaneously remember with affection through the vivid poetry in this volume.” Tsitsi Dangarembga, Author of Nervous Conditions.
Homegrown Love is the short story collection you’ve always wanted, a gathering of beautifully observed, richly characterized, deftly plotted gems that focus on the tragedy and transcendence of everyday life. With humor, compassion, and appreciation for the resilience of the human spirit, these tales touch on a broad range of compelling topics, including the importance of holding on to hope and letting go of misguided love, integrating past hurts into a functional life, and how to cope with watching friends disappear as the golden years slip away. With warm and familiar narrative voices as your powerful yet gentle guides, you’ll find space for your own revelations and reflections through reading about experiences that will resonate with your own life. Comforting and inspiring, heart-rending and hilarious, Homegrown Love is a garden of delights where you will want to linger.