An instant success and bestseller in Kenya, which ran into 6 reprints, this prize-winning novel marked the beginning of popular literature in Kenya. Mangua’s novel is a fictional, autobiographical account of the son of a prostitute. The male narrator describes his life as the orphan of a prostitute in the slums of Nairobi, a young man frequenting bars and brothels, a student, corrupt civil servant and seasonal convict. His is a humorous and cynical account revealing much about the unsavoury aspects of a world experiencing rapid social change.
Son of a Woman
Son of Woman is a Postcolonial Kenyan crime fiction novel by Charles Mangua, which was first published in 1971 in Nairobi, Kenya. In a country struggling to reclaim identity, Mangua creates a character that is “returning to a homeland….using an available asset to begin a new career;” a character and story that resonates with the larger population.