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The novel delves into the lives of Naomi and Daniel Dassa, a young Kenyan couple, who dwell in the small college town of Pullman, WA, USA. Naomi works and studies at a local university, while Daniel is a member of a popular marimba band. Their life seems peaceful, but the couple’s marriage is troubled by the fact that they are both dealing with traumatic events in their past lives. Naomi narrowly escaped death during the 1998 US Embassy bombing in downtown Nairobi, which killed hundreds of people and wounded thousands. Her brother Guba lost his fiancée in the incident. Soon after this, Guba, a small charter plane pilot, went missing over Lake Turkana in Northern Kenya leaving Naomi without closure. Daniel, a former political prisoner, tries to help his wife through this trying time by hiring a teenage babysitter called Ayana for their two-year old son, Pascal. However, an attraction develops between Daniel and Ayana, a refugee from Ethiopia, and the resulting affair threatens to forever tear apart the already fragile foundations of the Dassa household.


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Awards Won
  • Short excerpts of this novel have appeared in the Inaugural Issue 1 of Kikwetu: A Journal of East African Literature, no. 1 (2015) (online) as “Remembrance (novel excerpt)”and Stand Magazine (University of Leeds, UK, and Virginia Commonwealth University, USA) 9, no. 3 (2009): 70-74 as “House on a Jade Sea.”
  • As a Creative Writing (Fiction) Dissertation, the novel was nominated by the Department of English, University of Missouri-Columbia, USA, for the MU Graduate School Distinguished Doctoral Dissertation Award Competition, Fall 2010, and was a finalist.
  • A novel excerpt was also a Mahan Fiction Prize 2 Winner, Center for the Literary Arts, University of Missouri-Columbia, April 2008.
Weight 190 g
Dimensions 175 × 125 × 15 mm


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Lily Mabura


Longhorn Publishers PLC


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