»MaiTatenda… was seen only last week, just skin and bones, coughing-coughing and shivering in this sweltering December. One doesn’t want to be unkind of course, they say, but that is what happens to whores who wrap their legs around men that are not their husbands.«
from The Cracked, Pink Lips of Rosie’s Bridegroom in Long Time Coming
In 2010 Petina moved to Harare for two years from Geneva, Switzerland, with her son Kush. By profession she is a lawyer. Her short story collection An Elegy for Easterly was published in 2009 and awarded the Guardian First Book Award. It was also shortlisted for the Orwell Prize, the LA Times First Book Award and Zimbabwe's NAMA award. It has been published in more than a dozen languages. She is currently writing her first novel.
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Short Story: The Cracked, Pink Lips of Rosie’s Bridegroom in Long Time Coming