Suzette, a former artist, is a caring, compassionate person who has witnessed rampant poverty and injustice in the aftermath of independence, but has kept her all of her emotions hidden inside. She spends much of her time watching favourite shows on satellite TV. Her withdrawal has confused her husband and caused strain in their marriage. All Suzette wants to do is live a quiet, reclusive life in her small community, which is slowly evolving and providing its residents with a peaceful place to live.
However, the town’s tranquility and Suzette’s quiet life are turned upside down with the arrival of Pete and Alison Sherman, a bitter, hateful white couple with racist attitudes and huge chips on their shoulders. When the Shermans start taking out their anger on their new community, Suzette is no longer able to live in her closed-off little world. A chain reaction of events occur that draws her out of her shell, and Suzette finds the inspiration to start living again from an unlikely source within her own household.
African Me and Satellite TV is a beautiful, touching book about love, hate, and the natural inherent goodness and potential of humanity, that can often tend to go astray. The book is full of strong characters in an interesting setting, and does an excellent job of asking readers to put themselves in the shoes of the people in Zimbabwe. The author challenges us to ask ourselves what we would do if our world was turned upside down, and if our values were put to the test, but she does so in a way that is believable and enjoyable. I highly recommend downloading this book onto your eReader, or buying the paperback version of African Me and Satellite TV.