The Hairdresser of Harare

The Hairdresser of Harare

by Tendai Huchu

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Overview

Selected for the Junior Library’s pilot program for adult/teen crossover books

In this delicious and devastating first novel, which The Guardian named one of its ten best contemporary African books, Caine Prize finalist Tendai Huchu (The Maestro, the Magistrate, and the Mathematician) portrays the heart of contemporary Zimbabwean society with humor and grace.

Vimbai is the best hairdresser in Mrs. Khumalo’s salon, and she is secure in her status until the handsome, smooth-talking Dumisani shows up one day for work. Despite her resistance, the two become friends, and eventually, Vimbai becomes Dumisani’s landlady. He is as charming as he is deft with the scissors, and Vimbai finds that he means more and more to her. Yet, by novel’s end, the pair’s deepening friendship—used or embraced by Dumisani and Vimbai with different futures in mind—collapses in unexpected brutality.

The novel is an acute portrayal of a rapidly changing Zimbabwe. In addition to Vimbai and Dumisani’s personal development, the book shows us how social concerns shape the lives of everyday people.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780821421635
Publisher: Ohio University Press
Publication date: 08/15/2015
Series: Modern African Writing Series
Edition description: 1
Pages: 200
Sales rank: 456,091
Product dimensions: 5.58(w) x 8.46(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range: 3 Months to 18 Years

About the Author


Tendai Huchu’s work has been translated into German, French, Spanish, and Italian. His fiction and nonfiction have appeared in Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine, Interzone, Wasafiri, and elsewhere. He was shortlisted for the 2014 Caine Prize.

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