A fresh telling of the Black, immigrant woman experience in the United States.
In SEND HER BACK AND OTHER STORIES, Munashe Kaseke offers an awfully intimate, fresh telling of the immigrant experience of black African women in the United States. Equally awash with the joys of exploring a new world as well as a myriad of challenges, her complicated, and often tangled, female Zimbabwean protagonists navigate issues of identity, microaggressions, and sexism in vibrant, indelible settings. Yet again, these are not only stories of navigating an at times tense US political climate, but they are also marked by characters who rise to the top of their professional fields, seize the American dream, and travel the world in glee. Kaseke peels back on the inner wranglings of characters caught between two worlds, be it by stories of dating outside one’s culture and race or failing to assimilate upon returning home after spending time abroad. Uncanny. Witty. Gripping. Send Her Back and Other Stories dazzles, leaving you newly awakened to the world we live in.
“Readers will be swept away by Kaseke’s skillful portrayals of overcoming adversity. Her characters are equal turns brilliant, inspiring, and mistreated, their stories wrapped into bite-sized offerings that will open readers’ eyes to the layered nuances of immigrant life in America. From learning to survive with immense self-sacrifice to navigating unfamiliar relationships and battling sexism, Kaseke’s Zimbabwean women leave a lasting impression…”—Booklife by Publisher’s Weekly
“I couldn’t wait to start another story once I was done with one. Send Me Back and Other Stories gave me an extremely rewarding reading experience and I found myself going back to some stories to understand the concepts better, as I mined the nuances hidden across the pages…” —Lily Andrews, ReaderViews
“The easy charm and high quality of Kaseke’s writing are reason enough to pick up this book, but the real reason to pick it up and read it all the way through is that she has a knack for telling a compelling tale.” —Jo Niederhoff , Portland Book Review
“This is certainly an author to watch out for. The clear prose and interweaving storylines are both eye-catching and beautifully written…”—Jenna Swartz, Manhattan Book Review
“Sharp and incisive short stories that interrogate the varied experiences and cultural quandaries that stem from being a Zimbabwean immigrant in America.” —Independent Book Review
Fiction. African & African American Studies. Women's Studies.
Munashe Kaseke was born and raised in Harare, Zimbabwe. She migrated to the United States of America at age nineteen when she received a scholarship to study at Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa. She holds Doctor of Pharmacy and Master of Public Administration degrees. Munashe currently lives and works in Northern California. SEND HER BACK AND OTHER STORIES is her debut book.