Winner of the 2020 Arthur C. Clarke Award
The great African novel of the twenty-first century ~ Tade Thompson, author of Rosewater
Charming, heartbreaking and breathtaking ~ Carmen Maria Machado, author of In the Dream House
The Old Drift by Namwali Serpell
On the banks of the Zambezi River, a few miles from the majestic Victoria Falls, there was once a colonial settlement called The Old Drift.
In 1904, in a smoky room at the hotel across the river, an Old Drifter named Percy M. Clark, foggy with fever, makes a mistake that entangles his fate with those of an Italian hotelier and an African busboy.
So begins a cycle of unwitting retribution between three Zambian families as they collide and converge over the course of the century, into the present and beyond.