The Old Drift is a rich, complex saga that follows three curse-ridden families for more than three generations, from 19th-century Europe to Victoria Falls in the early 20th Century and ending in South Africa, circa 2025.
“The Old Drift is a staggeringly ambitious, genre-busting multigenerational saga with moxie for days…” -- Carmen Maria Machado.
“An astonishing novel, a riot for the senses, filled with the music and scents and sensations of Zambia.” -- Alexandra Fuller
Zambian-born, Namwali Serpell teaches at U.C. Berkeley. She won the 2015 Caine Prize for African Writing and received the Rona Jaffe Foundation Writers Award for Women in 2011.
Free and open to the public. Sponsored by the English Department at Dartmouth College. The Norwich Bookstore will be on hand with books to purchase.
“A dazzling debut, establishing Namwali Serpell as a writer on the world stage.”—Salman Rushdie, The New York Times Book Review
“Clear-eyed, energetic and richly entertaining.”—The Washington Post