The Theory of FlightSiphiwe Gloria NdlovuPenguin “On the third of September, not so long ago, something truly wondrous happened on the Beauford Farm and Estate. At the moment of her death, Imogen Zula Nyoni — Genie — was seen to fly away on a giant pair of silver wings …” The opening words of Siphiwe Gloria Ndlovu’s debut novel, The Theory of Flight, grabs readers’ attention with her glorious gift of storytelling. She says that an immensely strong connection to her family – and a similar one to Bulawayo, where she was born and raised - informs her writing. “I am also deeply invested in Zimbabwe’s history. These things not only influence my sense of self, but also inform my writing,” she says. “The Theory of Flight is influenced by the memory of the place I grew up as a child, Rangemore.” Ndlovu was born in 1977 during what she calls “the country’s civil war, but what most call the war for liberation and others call the bush war or terrorist war”.  Her grandfather was a political det...

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