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The House of Rust
The House of Rust: A Novel | Khadija Abdalla Bajaber
7 posts | 3 read | 5 to read
The first Graywolf Press African Fiction Prize winner, a story of a girls fantastical sea voyage to rescue her father The House of Rust is an enchanting novel about a Hadrami girl in Mombasa. When her fisherman father goes missing, Aisha takes to the sea on a magical boat made of a skeleton to rescue him. She is guided by a talking scholars cat (and soon crows, goats, and other animals all have their say, too). On this journey Aisha meets three terrifying sea monsters. After she survives a final confrontation with Baba wa Papa, the father of all sharks, she rescues her own father, and hopes that life will return to normal. But at home, things only grow stranger. Khadija Abdalla Bajabers debut is a magical realist coming-of-age tale told through the lens of the Swahili and diasporic Hadrami culture in Mombasa, Kenya. Richly descriptive and written with an imaginative hand and sharp eye for unusual detail, The House of Rust is a memorable novel by a thrilling new voice.
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AmandaBlaze
The House of Rust: A Novel | Khadija Abdalla Bajaber
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Mehso-so

I really wanted to love this book, and it had a good beginning. However, the author didn‘t do as well with the ending. It was well-written, yet the House of Rust didn‘t even come into play until the last 60 pages. The ending was rather ambiguous about what was going to happen. It was nice to read a fantasy set in Africa, though
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AmandaBlaze
The House of Rust: A Novel | Khadija Abdalla Bajaber
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Next up is this fantasy set in Africa.
#WyrdAndWonder @imyril

imyril Oooh this is one of the fantasy nominees for the Subjective Chaos Kind of Awards - it‘s been on my TBR for a while, sounds really interesting! I look forward to hearing your thoughts. 2w
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KCofKaysville
The House of Rust: A Novel | Khadija Abdalla Bajaber
Mehso-so

I liked the first half pretty well but then it kind of meandered. I wanted to like it more than I did but had a hard time finishing it. Still very creative.

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KCofKaysville
The House of Rust: A Novel | Khadija Abdalla Bajaber
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I'm going to try this magic realism novel I picked up at a Free Little Library in the area. I am not always into this type but I'll see how it goes. I will find out something about the Hadrami culture looks like.

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shawnmooney
The House of Rust: A Novel | Khadija Abdalla Bajaber
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https://youtu.be/bp17RwAY2fs

A playlist of all episodes in the Bite-sized Book Chat series: https://youtube.com/playlist?list=PLU-61cZp1pQdBH5V0Zb9q-2ujl4PY8nhf

Chat #1: with Nyambura from Nairobi
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The House of Rust by Khadija Abdalla Bajaber

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Things They Lost by Okwiri Oduor

Chat #2: with Ericka from Baton Rouge

Our Wives Under the Sea by Julia Armfield

shawnmooney Chat #3: with Alina from Rotterdam

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Chat #4: with Trish from Liverpool

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TrishB Thank you 😘 1mo
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TracyReadsBooks
The House of Rust: A Novel | Khadija Abdalla Bajaber
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Started this yesterday and really enjoying it so far.

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TracyReadsBooks
The House of Rust: A Novel | Khadija Abdalla Bajaber
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