Digging Stars

Narrated by Nene Nwoko
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Pub Date 21 Nov 2023 | Archive Date 21 Nov 2023

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Description

With admission to The Program, an elite interdisciplinary graduate cohort at the forefront of astronomy and technology, Rosa's dreams are finally within reach. Her research into the cosmos follows in the footsteps of her astronomer father's revolutionary work in Bantu geometries and Indigenous astronomies. A bona fide genius, he transformed the scientific landscape by fusing the best of Western and Indigenous scientific thought. Yet since his death during her childhood, Rosa has been plagued by anxiety attacks she dubs "The Terrors"-and by unresolved questions about her father's life. Who is his mysterious friend Mr. C? Who was her father, really? Ambitious, hungry for success, and determined to soar, Rosa joins the ranks of America's smartest. Her cohort of talented Fellows includes Shaniqua, her roommate, who is analyzing melanin molecules and their capacity to conduct electricity; Richard, an expert in quantum mechanics; Mausi, studying Indigenous American scientific thought; and Peralte, Rosa's estranged stepbrother whose obsessive videogaming has inspired him to become a programmer. Her classmates challenge Rosa's understanding of identity, personhood, the ethics of technology, and, most painfully, her adulation of her father, whose legacy is more complicated than it appears.

With admission to The Program, an elite interdisciplinary graduate cohort at the forefront of astronomy and technology, Rosa's dreams are finally within reach. Her research into the cosmos follows in...


Advance Praise

"Sumptuous, propulsive, and radiant. Novuyo Rosa Tshuma is unafraid to scale the stars. What a liberating thrill to read this book!" ―NoViolet Bulawayo, author of Glory

"Novuyo Rosa Tshuma’s virtuosic, word-drunk sentences cast bridges across the abysses of history and the gaps between the stars. In Digging Stars, she chronicles a family’s fractures and a young woman’s determination to conquer the terrors of both outer and inner space. This is a brave and moving book."
Garth Greenwell, author of Cleanness

"Digging Stars is an extraordinarily unique portrait. The real stars of this canny undoing of the hubris of settler futurism are Novuyo Rosa Tshuma’s disarmingly brilliant words." ―Namwali Serpell, author of The Furrows

"Sumptuous, propulsive, and radiant. Novuyo Rosa Tshuma is unafraid to scale the stars. What a liberating thrill to read this book!" ―NoViolet Bulawayo, author of Glory

"Novuyo Rosa Tshuma’s...


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EDITION Audiobook, Unabridged
ISBN 9781696613125
PRICE $19.99 (USD)
DURATION 10 Hours

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