Womb City

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This genre-bending Africanfuturist horror novel blends The Handmaid's Tale with Get Out in an adrenaline-packed, cyberpunk body-hopping ghost story exploring motherhood, memory, and a woman's right to her own body.


Nelah seems to have it all: fame, wealth, and a long-awaited daughter growing in a government lab. But, trapped in a loveless marriage to a policeman who uses a microchip to monitor her every move, Nelah's perfect life is precarious. After a drug-fueled evening culminates in an eerie car accident, Nelah commits a desperate crime and buries the body, daring to hope that she can keep one last secret.


The truth claws its way into Nelah's life from the grave.


As the ghost of her victim viciously hunts down the people Nelah holds dear, she is thrust into a race against the clock: in order to save any of her remaining loved ones, Nelah must unravel the political conspiracy her victim was on the verge of exposing--or risk losing everyone.


Set in a cruel futuristic surveillance state where bodies are a government-issued resource, this harrowing story is a twisty, nail-biting commentary on power, monstrosity, and bodily autonomy. In sickeningly evocative prose, Womb City interrogates how patriarchy pits women against each other as unwitting collaborators in their own oppression. In this devastatingly timely debut novel, acclaimed short fiction writer Tlotlo Tsamaase brings a searing intelligence and Botswana's cultural sensibility to the question: just how far must a woman go to bring the whole system crashing down?

Author: Tlotlo Tsamaase
Binding Type: Hardcover
Publisher: Erewhon Books
Published: 01/23/2024
Pages: 416
ISBN: 9781645660569

Review Citation(s):
Library Journal 10/01/2023 pg. 112
Publishers Weekly 10/23/2023
Booklist 11/01/2023 pg. 43

About the Author
Tlotlo Tsamaase is a Motswana writer (xe/xem/xer or she/her pronouns) living and working in Botswana. Tlotlo's novella, The Silence of the Wilting Skin, is a 2021 Lambda Literary Award finalist and was shortlisted for a 2021 Nommo Award. Xer short stories ?Dreamports? and ?Virtual Snapshots? were longlisted for the 2021 British Science Fiction Association (BSFA) Awards. Xer short story ?Behind Our Irises? won the 2021 Nommo Award, the first Motswana to win the award. Tlotlo's short fiction has appeared in The Best of World SF Volume 1, Clarkesworld, Terraform, Africanfuturism Anthology, The Year's Best African Speculative Fiction (2021) , Apex Magazine and is forthcoming in Africa Risen and other publications. Tlotlo was the first Motswana to be a 2017 Rhysling Award nominee. Xe is a 2011 Bessie Head Short Story Award winner. Tlotlo participated in Justina Ireland's Writing in the Margins and Kate Brauning's Breakthrough Writers? Boot Camp. Xe is a member of PEN America, the African Speculative Fiction Society, SFWA, and Codex Writers Group.

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