Just to give you guys a heads up on an upcoming Farafina title (besides Eghosa Imasuen’s Fine Boys) which will be released in the next couple of months , “One Day I Will Write About This Place’’ by Binyavanga Wainaina.
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.
You can read a more detailed review in The New York Times –Sunday book review section.
We have also taken the liberty of pasting an excerpt below:
I am home.
We sit in the dining room, and talk from breakfast to lunch, plates with congealing eggs littering the table. Every so often my mother will grab my hand and check my nails; a finger will reach into her mouth and emerge to lick a spot off my forehead, smooth my eyebrows. She stands to clear the table. She is swiveling her radar, like she used to do when we were children, half asleep, shuffling softly in her caftan, disturbed by something intangible.
They are worried about me, and for the first time in my life, worried enough not to bring it up. I have not spoken to them about my stalled degree in a long time. They know. I know.
I am wracked with guilt and am avoiding Baba. He has been gracious so far – has said nothing. All that wasted money on my degree.
I don’t know how to explain my situation to them. I walk past the line of jacaranda trees that line government houses. I turn off the main road and follow the path, avoiding the path of Baba’s morning drive to work. There is a small faded house here, right at the corner, with a large rocky garden that stretches downhill to border state house. It used to have a swimming pool… more