Zimbabwean author Novuyo Rosa Tshuma’s new novel I Dream America will explore the American Dream through the perspective of a Zimbabwean woman who dreams of becoming an astronomer. The novel will be published by W. W. Norton in September 2023.

According to Publisher’s Marketplace, the novel will follow “a young Zimbabwean woman who comes to America to follow in her astronomer-father’s footsteps.” The rights of the novel were sold to Alane Mason at Norton by Tshuman’s agent Samantha Shea at Georges Borchardt.

Exploring themes of science and technology, colonialism and ethnicity, meritocracy and the American Dream, and humans’ place in the cosmos, I Dream America is bound to be an exciting read forcing the reader to reflect on larger philosophical questions.

Tshuma shared her excitement about her upcoming novel on Instagram, saying: “September 2023. The thing is slowly becoming real.”

Novuyo Rosa Tshuma grew up in Zimbabwe and South Africa, and currently resides in Boston as Assistant Professor of Fiction at Emerson College. She is an award-winning author with many accolades and honors. Her debut novel House of Stone (2019) won the Edward Stanford Travel Writing Award and the Bulawayo Arts Award for Outstanding Fiction. Her novella and short story collection Shadows (2013) won the Herman Charles Bosman Prize. She is also the recipient of the 2009 Yvonne Vera Award, a 2017 Bellagio Center Literary Arts Residency and a 2020 Lannan Foundation Fiction Fellowship.

Congrats to Tshuma on her upcoming novel! I Dream America will be out September 2023. Stay tuned for more details.