Rotten Row

Petina Gappah



In her accomplished new story collection, Petina Gappah crosses the barriers of class, race, gender and sexual politics in Zimbabwe to explore the causes and effects of crime, and to meditate on the nature of justice. Rotten Row represents a leap in artistry and achievement from the award-winning author of An Elegy for Easterly and The Book of Memory. With compassion and humour, Petina Gappah paints portraits of lives aching for meaning to produce a moving and universal tableau.


Occasionally, Gappah comes across as having such a good time that readers may doubt the seriousness of her intentions. Perhaps her awareness of this explains the inclusion of a few less overtly satirical stories ... - William Skidelsky, Financial Times


Petina Gappah is a Zimbabwean writer with law degrees from Cambridge, Graz University and the University of Zimbabwe.