Who Will Catch Us As We Fall (Paperback)Iman Verjee (author)
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Growing up in the Nairobi of the 90s, a seething boiling pot of racial tension and conflicting cultural taboos, Leena and Jai are raised to believe in a Kenya full of possibility and potential. But as they come of age and venture into a world of underground activists beyond the confines of their tight-knit East Asian community and closely guarded, gated compound, they start to see a country divided by deep ethnic allegiances and on the brink of something very sinister. Soon Leena and Jai find themselves entangled in a shady world of crooked policemen, seedy salesmen, prostitutes, and bohemian artists. As the city tightens its grip, so begins a dangerous game of corruption and conspiracy, where rebellions simmer, and a tangled web of power unravels as dark forces collide and disturbing revelations surface.
A powerful tale of love and politics in contemporary Nairobi, Who Will Catch Us As We Fall depicts a Kenya on the cusp of change in all its complexity. Through two of the most memorable and remarkable characters in contemporary African fiction, Iman Verjee has penned a moving portrait of a family torn apart by national politics and prejudice, yet still painfully tethered together.
Publisher: Oneworld Publications
Number of pages: 448
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 25 mm
'A unique, powerful voice in African literature.'
* Kirkus *
'Assured...striking...the story's message of hope, resilience and redemption is as important as it is timely'.* Economist *
'A vibrant picture of a country in turmoil. An unforgettable and ultimately hopeful tale.'* Booklist *
'An unusually gifted young writer.'* Margaux Fragoso, author of Tiger, Tiger *
'An epic story of politics, love and how self-examination can heal wounds cutting deeply in a flailing contemporary community...Verjee's characters are captivating; their personalities come through amid amazing descriptions of a system that profoundly and catastrophically affects both nation and family.'* Library Journal *
'A rich book about life in Nairobi...the narrative explores politics, corruption and tradition in contemporary Nairobi through a sweeping family epic.'* Toronto Star *
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