In 2007, Novuyo met with Nigerian author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie who signed a copy of Half of a Yellow Sun for her. At the time, Novuyo “was a blurry bundle of dreams in Zimbabwe, finding my writing way.” 11 years later, Novuyo would sign a copy of House of Stone for Chimamanda. Novuyo joins a list of powerful Zimbabwean writers like Tendai Huchu, Petina Gappah, Yvonne Vera, Tsitsi Dangaremba, Brian Chikwava and NoViolet Bulawayo amongst others.

Novuyo’s novel also explores the Gukurahundi massacres carried out by the Zimbabwe National Army from 1983 to 1987. With the recent attacks on civilians by the military, Novuyo fears the country might be going through another Gukurahundi.