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Dew in the Morning (African Writers Series)
A sharply-perceived evocation of changing life in rural Zimbabwe during the 1960s and 1970s. Narrated from the point of view of a young boy, Godi, it follows the fortunes of a city-dwelling family who extablish a small farm in the country. As Godi grows himself, he observes the growth of the village as the people strive to resolve tensions between conflicting values and ambitions.
SHIMMER CHINODYA was born in Gweru in 1957 and educated at the University of Zimbabwe, where he studied literature and education. He later attended the famed Iowa Writers' Workshop, where he acquired an MA in creative writing.
Dew in the Morning was his first work, written when he was nineteen and first published in 1982. He went on to write Farai's Girls (1984), Child of War (1985) and Harvest of Thorns (1989), which won him the Commonwealth Writers' Prize for the African Region in 1990. His collection of short stories, Can we talk, was shortlisted for the first Caine Prize for short-story writing in Africa.
Chinodya has worked extensively as a curriculum developer, materials designer, editor and screen writer. He has been awarded various fellowships abroad and from 1995 to 1997 was the distinguished visiting professor in creative writing at St Lawrence University, New York. He lives with his wife and family in Harare.