06 September 2009

The Orange Barn by Sarudzai Mubvakure

“Why didn’t you tell me that I had a son?”

Tom was staring at Eliza with blood shot eyes. He painfully surveyed her beauty from a distance as he waited for her response. Neither of them was distracted by the rain drops that were falling on the roof of the old barn that held so many of their precious memories. Eliza looked at him, no longer with the eyes of adoration that once held Tom in high regard. Instead, they carried the weight of years of pain, years of waiting and years of disappointment.

This story has been selected for the StoryTime anthology African Roar 2011, please go to the African Roar site for more info.

The Orange Barn was written by Sarudzai Mubvakure.

Copyright Sarudzai Mubvakure 2009.

Sarudzai MubvakureSarudzai was born in Islington but then at the age of ten moved to Zimbabwe to live with her parents and siblings.

She studied Occupational Therapy at the University of Zimbabwe and then returned to London in 1998 to work.

Her interests are creative writing, music and abstract art. "A Disappointing Truth" is her début novel.


Jude Dibia said...

Sarudzai, this was a lovely, heart-wrenching tale. I loved how you kept drawing us back to the orange barn and its significance to the story. I love the historical context of master/slave relationship when Rhodesia was still known as Rhodesia. Watch out for the switching POV that surfaced in the second part of this tale... lovely work! Well done!

Sarudzai Mubvakure said...

Thank you so much Jude - for all the encouragement.!!

Novuyo Rosa Tshuma said...

Love your writing style, your language. So clean and neat. Great stuff> Reminiscent of Danielle Steel, of those twentieth century classics, a very nice flow. Is your book available in South Africa?

Masimba Musodza said...

Not really the sort for emotion, but I probably wouldn't care if I sniffed through the movie adaptation of this one. Enjoyed reading it!!

Sarudzai Mubvakure said...

Thank you so much Novuyo Rosa and Masimba. I really appreciate you reading the story and your great comments !!. With regards to my books, my first novel 'A Disappointing Truth' has been published online and is available at loot.co.za in South Africa. My second novel 'Amelia's Inheritance' will be published in November by the Lion Press and i will let you know when it will be available in South Africa. Once again thanks so much. Have a great day !

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