Moses Ebewesit Odidi Oganda has been gunned down on the streets of Nairobi by the police, and his sister, Ajany, and father, Nyipir, have brought him home to Wuoth Ogik—a place named Journey’s End—for burial. They are struggling to cope with their grief when an Englishman named Isaiah William Bolton makes a mysterious appearance and claims to be looking for Odidi.
Isaiah and the Oganda family must come to terms not just with their loss but also with the piercing questions it resurrects. Only by breaking the silence that has bound them and naming their secrets can they finally find peace.
Set in a turbulent Kenya of the 1950s and 1960s, which was plagued by uprisings, assassinations, and genocide, Dust is a book that reaches back into history with a hand that does not let go. Owuor courageously plumbs the depths of the human heart. With stunning detail and lyricism, she paints a devastating portrait of a struggling country, its people, and its ghosts, while illuminating truths about the most universal of human experiences: love and loss.
Yvonne Adhiambo Owuor was born in Kenya. She is the author of the novel Dust, which was shortlisted for the Folio Prize. Winner of the Caine Prize for African Writing, she has also received an Iowa Writers’ Fellowship. Her work has appeared in McSweeney’s and other publications, and she has been a TEDx Nairobi speaker and a Lannan Foundation resident. She lives in Nairobi, Kenya.