The Mourning Bird, which won the 2019 Dinaane Debut Fiction Award was published by Jacana Media yesterday.

About the book

The Mourning Bird is the story of a Zambian street kid turned prostitute, told through the eyes of Chimuka Grace Mwiya.

Following the deaths of her parents from Aids and suicide, Chimuka is forced to live on the street and later resorts to prostitution as a way to survive.

The Mourning Bird is set in the 1990s, Lusaka, and explores the Zambian psyche in times of death, political instability, economic change and growth. Chimuka’s experiences expose the paradox that is Zambia. A country that boldly declares itself as a Christian nation and hub of peace and yet neglects the children who stand witness to decades of poor political decisions that led to increased unemployment, a failing health system and the unspoken stigma lived by victims of HIV.

Read an excerpt here.