“Those who have been in the fresh produce business longer are immediately visible: mostly old women in khanga sarongs with weary take-it-or-leave-it voices.
They hang out in groups, chattering away constantly, as they want no quiet where the fragility of their community will reveal itself in this alien place. I take the dawn Nissan matatu to Nakuru.
The Kikuyu-grass by the side of the road is crying silver tears the colour of remembered light; Nairobi is smoggy haze in the distance. Soon, the innocence that dresses itself in the mist will be shoved aside by a confident sun, and the chase for money will reach its crescendo.”
Winner of the 2002 Caine Prize for African fiction, Discovering Home tells the Kenyan version of that universal story: returning home and seeing it for the first time. By turns compassionate and bitingly ironic, this edition takes readers on a whirlwind journey from Rift Valley to Maasailand and beyond.
Along the way, the social geography underlying family relations, political contacts, the Ndombolo dance and the Sunday sermon are revealed in all their solemn hilarity.