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In the one tumultuous day, Ch’anzu loses hir job and finds wife Scarlet in bed with a stranger. 

As life unexpectedly spirals out of control, Ch’anzu turns to hir charismatic Aunt Maé for comfort and wisdom, and makes the bold move to work on a project in Serengotti, a migrant African outpost in rural Australia.  

In a novel haunted by the strangeness and yearnings of a displaced community – both beautiful and fractured – Ch’anzu is forced to confront hir many demons. 

Back in the city, brother Tex  has gone missing. In Serengotti violence and infidelity simmer.  This is a novel bathed in sensuous, original language, a love letter to the strong women who bind families together despite everything. 

It’s also a tender remembrance of the many who haven’t or couldn’t survive the dislocations and tragedies of their turbulent pasts.

About The Author

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Eugen Bacon is an African Australian author of several novels and fiction collections. She’s a twice World Fantasy Award finalist, a British Fantasy Award finalist, a Foreword Book of the Year silver award winner, and was announced in the honor list of the 2022 Otherwise Fellowships for ‘doing exciting work in gender and speculative fiction’. 

Danged Black Thing by Transit Lounge Publishing was a finalist in the British Science Fiction Association, Foreword, Aurealis and Australian Shadows Awards, and made the Otherwise Award Honor List as a ‘sharp collection of Afro-Surrealist work’. Eugen’s creative work has appeared worldwide, including in Apex Magazine, Award Winning Australian Writing, Fantasy Magazine, Fantasy & Science Fiction, and Year’s Best African Speculative Fiction

Visit her website at and Twitter feed at @EugenBacon

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