My Totem Came Calling
Blessing Musariri & Thorsten Nesch
Chanda is a 17-year-old schoolgirl in Harare, Zimbabwe, who suddenly starts suffering from memory lapses, which become even more worrisome when she starts seeing a zebra in all sorts of places.
The trouble is, nobody else can see it. Afraid of being institutionalized in a hospital, she follows the advice of an old aunt and sets off for her ancestral village, a primitive settlement with none of the amenities she is used to in the city.
But there she meets the rest of her family, including her strange and mysterious grandmother, and learns the hard way who she really is — not a superficial, rich city girl with foreign habits but someone who is somebody, whose name carries a history of her African people. (From Mawenzi House Publishers)
My Totem Came Calling is for readers aged 14 and up.
Blessing Musariri is a poet, screenwriter and children's author based in Zimbabwe. Thorsten Nesch is a German author who lives in Lethbridge, Alta.