The Girl with the Flawless Face is a Tender and Raw Glimpse of Modern Africa
Ndiritu Wahome’s second collection of short stories highlights the joy, tragedy and magic of Kenya.
“There are folks in Mombasa who claim that there are dark spirits which reside under the Indian Ocean. These spirits take the form of different creatures including beautiful women, and men, mermaids, cats, and ravens, and that they feed on blood.”
Author Ndiritu Wahome masterfully interjects African folklore into contemporary reality for a poignant, heart rendering and sometimes brutal picture of his native Kenya. Staying faithful to his signature genre, magical realism, The Girl with the Flawless Face is a collection of short stories that captures African legends of mermaids and magic, Majini, and layers them into the lives of realistic characters and events.
Faced with the very real horror of terrorism, governmental repression and religious extremism, the Majini represent fears personified. The use of magic and the mystical gives the characters a vehicle for expressing the dread they may not be able to articulate in day to day life.
But Wahome’s Kenya is also magically beautiful. Set in the backgrounds of breath-taking beaches, emerald rainforests and sparkling ocean waters, the characters are, both young and old, painted as living reflections of the landscape.
“Ndiritu never fails to create scintillating backdrops that we can all relate to then introduces supernatural creatures and circumstances to draw us into the magic. His creation of miraculous realms is both alluring and terrifying,” says Word Branch’s owner, Catherine Rayburn-Trobaugh. The Sad Artist, his first collection published with WBP, sets the stage for this mature and captivating read, Rayburn-Trobaugh goes on to say.
Ndiritu Wahome has won accolades for his writings both in his home country and internationally. He débuted The Sad Artist as a presenter at the Storymoja Literature Festival in Nairobi in 2014, and since has been featured in articles and interviews around the world.
The Girl with the Flawless Face is available through the Word Branch Online Book Shop and bookstores everywhere.
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