Books An Elegy for Easterly Stories by Petina Gappah Hardcover, 224 pages, Farrar Straus & Giroux, List Price: $23 | purchase close overlay Buy Featured Book TitleAn Elegy for EasterlySubtitleStoriesAuthorPetina Gappah Your purchase helps support NPR programming. How? Amazon iBooks Independent Booksellers Book Summary A debut collection by a Zimbabwean international trade lawyer is set in a world under the regime of Robert Mugabe where privilege and corruption shape the boundaries of everyday life. Genres: Fiction Also by Petina Gappah The Book of Memory Facebook Twitter Flipboard Email NPR stories about An Elegy for Easterly Best Books Of 2009 The Best Debut Fiction Of 2009 December 18, 2009 Granta editor John Freeman picks the year's top five debuts by fiction writers. The list includes three collections of short stories and two novels. Freeman says the era of the splashy debut might be gone, but these authors demonstrate, despite their short publishing histories, that first-time writers can still make a big impression. Excerpts: Best Books 2009 Excerpt: 'An Elegy For Easterly: Stories' December 18, 2009 Petina Gappah's debut story collection, An Elegy for Easterly, features this piece, 'The Mupandawana Dancing Champion' about and elderly man who is a coffin maker and a dancer.