Boy, Interrupted

Boy, Interrupted

What happens when a young boy’s life is interrupted by war? Two young classmates, Tarnue, a boy from ‘Monrovia-poor’, and Kou, the cherished daughter of a big man in government, strike up an unlikely, yet instinctual friendship. It is 1989 in Liberia and when civil war comes, day-to-day concerns of school, parental pressure and the luxurious rewards of ice cream and new sneakers irrevocably disappear.

Liberian Saah Millimono’s debut is a moving account of a boy’s life in a time of crisis.  Tarnue is at times clear-eyed and wise beyond his years, at others bewildered by the impact of national upheaval on his already challenging existence as Charles Taylor’s forces enter Liberia.  Millimono’s is a brave, honest voice. With prose that is authentic and spare, this story of one boy caught up in cataclysmic events is a powerful indictment of the trauma, and the pity, of war.

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“A searing, heartbreaking love story set in the civil war years in Liberia. Told in a direct, idiomatic style, the story takes us from the narrator’s difficult childhood years in Monrovia to a meeting with Kou, the beautiful girl who will change his life forever. ”
-Helon Habila, author of Measuring Time

“Saah Millimono’s Boy, Interrupted reads in parts like a reminiscence, and also like a news dispatch from the time of Liberia’s civil war. It is neither.  The writing is unaffected, the voice strong and fluent. A compelling debut novel that handles lurid subjects— violence, exploitation, displacement— with a keen sensitivity.”
– Olufemi Terry, winner 2010 Caine Prize for African Writing

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Hiding in Plain Sight

Hiding in Plain Sight

From one of the world’s most important and acclaimed novelists comes a provocative and unforgettable new novel about family, freedom and loyalty.

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Hiding in Plain Sight

From one of the world’s most important and acclaimed novelists comes a provocative and unforgettable new novel about family, freedom and loyalty. In his new novel Hiding In Plain Sight, Nuruddin Farah offers a provocative and intimate portrait of a family wracked by loss and learning how to live in the wake of tragedy.

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Imagine Africa 500

In this anthology, African writers explore the unknown territory of the future and set their stories in an African environment 500 years from now.

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Kwani? 07

Kwani? has always been significantly connected to the Diaspora through the individuals who founded it, and its early contributors. Its seventh issue picks up the idea of leaving and of return, something that has framed the conversations and hybrid identities of many Kwani? writers. Kwani? 07 explores diasporic imaginaries and discourses through fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry, history, art, design and social media.

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Lilac Uprising

Lilac Uprising

The collection of 85 poems covers a ‘wonderfully varied, in terms of geography, theme and tone.

‘Phyllis Muthoni is an essential emergent Kenyan poet.  Her poetry is inspirational, one that gathers from everyday life, one that easily urges us to write on, for it makes every moment on earth extraordinary.  Her debut poetry collection, Lilac Uprising, delightful and helpful, is a text with the beauty of craft. ‘Soon,’ writes Phyllis, ‘the streets will be a revolution of colour, suffused with a tangible tenderness.’

 – Khainga Okwemba; Treasurer, PEN International (Kenya Chapter)
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One Day I Will Write About This Place

One Day I Will Write About This Place

Binyavanga Wainaina tumbled through his middle-class Kenyan childhood out of kilter with the world around him. This world came to him as a chaos of loud and colorful sounds: the hair dryers at his mother’s beauty parlor, black mamba bicycle bells, mechanics in Nairobi, the music of Michael Jackson—all punctuated by the infectious laughter of his brother and sister, Jimmy and Ciru. He could fall in with their patterns, but it would take him a while to carve out his own.

In this vivid and compelling debut memoir, Wainaina takes us through his school days, his mother’s religious period, his failed attempt to study in South Africa as a computer programmer, a moving family reunion in Uganda, and his travels around Kenya. The landscape in front of him always claims his main attention, but he also evokes the shifting political scene that unsettles his views on family, tribe, and nationhood.

Throughout, reading is his refuge and his solace. And when, in 2002, a writing prize comes through, the door is opened for him to pursue the career that perhaps had been beckoning all along. A series of fascinating international reporting assignments follow. Finally he circles back to a Kenya in the throes of post-election violence and finds he is not the only one questioning the old certainties.

Resolutely avoiding stereotype and cliché, Wainaina paints every scene in One Day I Will Write About This Place with a highly distinctive and hugely memorable brush.

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Taty Went West

Taty Went West

Taty is a troubled adolescent living with her equally troubled mother in the suburbs of the Lowlands. In a moment of uncontrolled anger she finds her life changed forever and, hiding a terrible secret, she becomes a runaway, heading West into the Outzone. When she is captured by a malicious imp, befriended by an evangelising robotic nun and wooed by a transgender hoodlum, it soon becomes clear that this is no ordinary adventure story.

Taty Went West is an introduction to an electrifying new talent – an imagination unfettered by any known convention.

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The Life of Mzee Ondego

Mzee Ondego, Kenya’s greatest choirmaster and Kenyatta confidante tells the story of his relationship with Kenya’s founding father. Unknown as the man behind one of Kenya’s most influential songs – the haunting dirge that played on during those fateful days after the death of Kenya’s first president. Mzee Ondego remembers a time that has become part of our living memory.

Click here to read a review of this book, published in The Daily Nation

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