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Things They Lost
Things They Lost: A Novel | Okwiri Oduor
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This astonishing, devastating debut novel, riven through with mystery and magic, tells the story of a lonely girl living in a small African town and her struggle to free herself from her mercurial, charming mother. Ayosa is a wandering spiritjoyous, exuberant, filled to the brim with longing. Her only companions in her grandmothers crumbling house are as lonely as Ayosa herself: the ghostly Fatumas, whose eyes are the size of bay windows, who teach her to dance and wail at the death news; the Jolly-Annas, cruel birds who cover their solitude with spiteful laughter; the milkman, who never greets Ayosa and whose milk tastes of mud; and Sindano, the kind owner of a caf no one ever visits. Unexpectedly, miraculously, one day Ayosa finds a friend. Yet she is always fixed on her beautiful mama, Nabumbo Promise: a mysterious and aloof photographer, she comes and goes as she pleases, with no apology or warning. Set at the intersection of the spirit world and the human one, Things They Lost is a stunning and unforgettable novel that unfurls the dizzying dualities of love, at its most intoxicating and all-encompassing.
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#ReadingAfrica2022 #Kenya 🇰🇪
I'd read this described as magical realism, but I don't think it's that, rather it describes the effect of trauma and the psychological strategies humans use to survive it, using as its patterns the Kenyan folkloric and cultural motifs natural to its protagonist.
I enjoyed the way the story flowed and gradually opened out, integrating the reader into the experience of the MC's disintegration and reintegration. 👇🏼

Bookwomble It's dark and painful at times, but ultimately hopeful, full of love and compassion. @Librarybelle @BarbaraBB 2d
BarbaraBB Love your graphic! 2d
Librarybelle You‘re doing well on the challenge! 2d
Bookwomble @BarbaraBB Thank you 😊 2d
Bookwomble @Librarybelle Yeah, I'm doing alright 😁 I'm enjoying reading authors and subjects I'd certainly not have looked for but for the challenge 🙂 2d
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"December staggered in like a weary mud-encrusted vagabond who had been on her way to someplace else, but whose legs had buckled and now she was here."
#FirstLineFridays @ShyBookOwl
I know it's Saturday, but I'm always late...??‍♂️?

ShyBookOwl Haha great line 4d
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"Her mama cut up the mousse torte. Ayosa bit into her piece, and its filling of cream cheese and fudge brownie melted on her tongue.
Fuck-toad! she whispered."

New expletive locked and loaded! ?

vivastory 🤣 1w
LeahBergen 😆😆 1w
Nute Oh, my!😆 1w
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#ReadingAfrica2022 #Kenya ??
"Okwiri Oduor's strikingly original debut novel sings with Kenyan folklore and myth as it traces the fragile, intoxicating bond between a mother and daughter like no other." - From the blurb.
A surreal novel of magical realism which is compared to Amos Tutuola - sounds good! ?
@BarbaraBB @Librarybelle

Librarybelle I really like the cover! 2w
Bookwomble @Librarybelle Me, too 😊 2w
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