Zoetrope: All-Story is a finalist for the 2020 ASME Award for Fiction, the highest honor due an American periodical, for the stories “The Grotesques” by Sarah Hall and “24, Alhaji Williams Street” by ’Pemi Aguda...
Frances de Pontes Peebles
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The editors are thrilled to announce the release of the Fall 2020 edition, designed by the acclaimed filmmaker Kelly Reichardt, with contributions from Frances de Pontes Peebles, Patrick Dacey, and Daniel Orozco.
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24, Alhaji Williams Street
Alhaji Williams is a very long street. The plots are small, and many hold clusters of flats. So we had enough time to see what was happening before it was our turn. My turn. By the afternoon the fever reached the fourth house, the rest of the street had braced for its arrival.
Ms. Williams owned the first house on the street named for her great-grandfather. They say that the Alhaji had rolled up his buba sleeves and mixed cement and sand along with the bricklayers, that he’d stood behind his architect and stabbed his finger at the blueprint, threatening to deafen with his orders: “No, the entrance should be on this side.” “Add another arch here!” “I want that butterfly roof!” Ms. Williams was proud of this history, though maintaining the resulting gutter cost a lot.
Whenever I turned off Aderombi and onto our street, I studied this house—repainted a bright . . .