3.15 AM And Other Stories

Author:

Rudo D M Manyere

Title:

3.15 AM And Other Stories

Publisher:

Carnelian Heart

Nataka Books Reviews: 

3.15 AM And Other Stories

This collection of short stories explores history, memoirs and family drama. Rudo Manyere possesses range in her storytelling which always connects personal lives with larger themes of society. 


Most of the short stories are written in first person giving the characters a distinct and anchored voice while we travel through the landscape and grow with the character's experience.  A worthy debut and thoroughly entertaining.


-- Review by Nataka Books

Nataka Books Full Review: 

3.15 AM And Other Stories

An exciting offering of short stories from Carnelian Heart Publishing adding to their growing catalogue. The author, Rudo D M Manyere brings us her complete debut collection of stories in one volume having published and contributed to various literary collections in the past. 


Most of the short stories are written in first person giving the characters a distinct and anchored voice while we travel through the landscape and grow with the character's experience. In 'Farisai', the narrator by the same name meets Tinashe , whom she lost her virginity to. Bumping into Tinashe whilst queuing in a supermarket unleashed all sorts of memeries and drama. 


For some, waiting in line to pay is an uneventful chore. To Farisai, multiple stories and drama unfold in that queue. The author delivers compelling characters, sharp humour and explores larger issues in society, all packed into a each short story.


In 'Pamushana', Chido's grandmother tells her the story of being young, in love and the times when Zimbabwe was going through the seismic changes everyone had fought for. 


As it happens in fiction, it seems the same applies in real life: Gogo's expectations of the new country and freedom become a challenging ideal to cling to, including in personal lives.


This collection of short stories offers history, memoirs and family drama. Rudo Manyere possess range in her storytelling which always connects personal lives with larger themes of society. 


The Rozwi State, that ancient kingdom that once dominated alongside Great Zimbabwe is weaved into the nostalgic yearning for storytelling by a father to his child. That this happens at month-end captures the changes the family structure was undergoing.


In '3.15 AM' a chilling account of an accident with Rukudzo is recounted. Rudo Manyere brilliantly captures longing for bygone times, sibling rivalry that demonstrates both competition and love, and memories of a mother who has passed. A fitting title for the times when 'it is too late for wine, too early for coffee.'


-- Review by Nataka Books