In this debut from the winner of the 2015 Caine Prize for African writing, Zambian myth and legend combine with the story of a drifter's mistake in 1904, setting in motion a cycle of retribution between black, white and brown Zambian families, stretching forward into a science fiction-charged future. von Serpell, Namwali
NAMWALI SERPELL is a Zambian writer who teaches at the University of California, Berkeley. She received a Rona Jaffe Foundation Writers' Award for women writers in 2011 and was selected for the Africa 39, a 2014 Hay Festival project to identify the best African writers under 40. Her first published story, 'Muzungu', was selected for The Best American Short Stories 2009 and shortlisted for the 2010 Caine Prize for African writing. She won the 2015 Caine Prize for her story 'The Sack'. The Old Drift is her first novel.