A Memory this Size and Other Stories: The Caine Prize for African Writing 2013

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A chronically short-sighted young man finds himself the target of a preacher’s miracle cure. Despite his American street phrases and his fistful of dollars, a prodigal son’s visit to his Sierra Leone home does not go quite as planned. A medical student blinded in an accident seems to lose everything but soon learns what he has gained. Life on the edge for a gang of street boys paid to disrupt an election. An oil spill opens a path for a Nigerian teacher to join the woman she loves in the US. The shortlisted stories for the 2013 Caine Prize – Africa’s leading literary prize – offer five arresting, diverse, provocative snapshots of a continent and its descendants captured at a time of accelerating change. The shortlisted authors are: Tope Folarin (Nigeria) for Miracle Pede Hollist (Sierra Leone) for Foreign Aid Abubakar Adam….