Siphowo Mahala kick starts Fairleigh Dickinson’s “Africa Calling Literary Review”. His story, entitled, “The Suit Continued”, details a troubled affair a man is having with a woman. The story is told from the cheating man’s perspective. He, like most cheating men, attempts to justify his actions in this story.
Within the Review are 14 fiction stories, 15 poems by six poets, and three essays.
One of my favorite short stories is by Canadian resident Esi Edugyan entitled, “The Mosque at Larabanga”. The story finds the main character encountering a tall African woman in her childhood kitchen. The reader will be intrigued by this tall character who longs for home after years of being a stranger in Canada. Edugyan’s style isn’t anything out of the ordinary, writing every-writer sentences like, “Smiling at me, the stranger turned and spoke to my mother.” This direct style works well in the story, which is one of the only stories to take place outside of Africa. Having a foreigner’s perspective was quite nice in a collection of stories based almost entirely in Africa, as the album’s title indicates. As a Canadian herself, Edugyan can undoubtedly be seen in this story and this is likely the reason it works so well.
This book was entertaining at times but at other times I found the styles presented to be confusing, as if they were overly creative. However, they are worth reading yourself.