The Old Drift

The Old Drift is a novel that spans more than 100 years and spread over four generations from 1874 to 2024. This debut novel of Namwali Serpell has a sense of everything our world has to offer. Serpell was born in Zambia and later moved with her family to the US. Presently, she is a professor at the University of California, Berkeley, and teaches literature. 

Set in Zambia, The Old Drift is gleaming epic, brainy, and an intimate story of three families and their fate across four generations. It is a beautiful fusion of historical fiction with Afro-futurism and magical realism.

The tumultuous ups and downs of these families and their respective countries have been beautifully studied. The plot is pivoting enough as it starts from the white colonizers of the region and pushes itself to the future where bug-sized micro-drones are put into totalitarian uses.  …