Magic and witchcraft are as much a part of the African landscape as are ghostly white egrets fluttering into blue jungle clearings, or copper-coloured frangipani blossoms growing against white-washed mud walls. Dislocation, isolation, and desire are hauntingly encompassed in these wonderful stories of Canadians living in a foreign landscape. And always the witchcraft of the cock’s egg shapes myths, permeates lives, and maps a country whose changing face finds its inhabitants stealing power through the transformation of the body.

Praise:

“To read these stories is to immerse oneself in a lush and vital landscape, sharply focussed and charged with meaning. With her clear eye and fine voice Rosemary Nixon exposes the transgressions and celebrates the revelations which occur when one culture brushes up against another. A thought-provoking and deeply moving collection.”
— Jane Urquhart

“Nixon’s style is economic and fiercely observant and her stories work together to convince us that this world is a crystal, held up to the light by a relentless storyteller.”
— The University of Toronto Quarterly