Oneworld has redeemed itself Call and answerthe first collection of short stories by Botswana author Gothataone Moeng, in a two-book deal.

Publisher Juliet Mabey has secured UK and Commonwealth rights, excluding Canada, to Moeng’s collection and debut novel, from Caspian Dennis at Abner Stein, on behalf of Julie Barer at The Book Group . Oneworld will release its hardback edition of Call and answer as a main title in February 2023. North American rights were acquired by Laura Tisdel at Viking.

“The collection includes nine richly drawn stories about the lives of ordinary families in contemporary Botswana as they navigate relationships, tradition, caring and bereavement in a rapidly changing world,” the synopsis explains. “With strong local roots – in the small rural village of Serowe, where the author is from, and in Gaborone, the capital of Botswana – they trace the emotional journeys of women in search of love and opportunities in beyond the barriers of custom and circumstance.”

Mabey praised “the balance of lively, playful humor and melancholy that runs through this immensely thoughtful collection”.

“I’m so excited to work with Gothataone, who is a rising star, part of a phenomenal generation of young African writers,” she continued. “Her work brings to life an authentic and lucid vision of Botswana and gives voice to women caught between the competing forces of tradition and modernity.”

Moeng was born in Serowe, Botswana and was the 2018-2020 Wallace Stegner Fellow in Fiction. His writings have appeared in American short fiction, A story, A public space and American Oxford. She holds a master’s degree in creative writing from the University of Mississippi.

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