Lily Mabura’s new novel Remembrance was published by Longhorn Publishers on March 27, 2019.
Lily Mabura is a writer who first came to the notice of Kenyan audiences when her book Ali, the Little Sultan won the children’s category at the Jomo Kenyatta Prize for Literature in 2001. In the same year, her debut novel The Pretoria Conspiracy won Kenya’s National Book Week Literary Award. She followed these recognitions with Ellen Meloy Fund for Desert Writers in 2007 and the University of Rochester’s Frederick Douglass Fellowship in 2008-2009. She shot to continental fame when her short story How Shall We Kill the Bishop was shortlisted for the Caine Prize in 2010.
The newest novel by the author Remembrance is published by Kenya’s Longhorn Publishers. The blurb goes thus;
The novel delves into the lives of Naomi and Daniel Dassa, a young Kenyan couple, who dwell in the small college town of Pullman, WA, USA. Naomi works and studies at a local university, while Daniel is a member of a popular marimba band. Their life seems peaceful, but the couple’s marriage is troubled by the fact that they are both dealing with traumatic events in their past lives. Naomi narrowly escaped death during the 1998 US Embassy bombing in downtown Nairobi, which killed hundreds of people and wounded thousands. Her brother Guba lost his fiancée in the incident. Soon after this, Guba, a small charter plane pilot, went missing over Lake Turkana in Northern Kenya leaving Naomi without closure. Daniel, a former political prisoner, tries to help his wife through this trying time by hiring a teenage babysitter called Ayana for their two-year old son, Pascal. However, an attraction develops between Daniel and Ayana, a refugee from Ethiopia, and the resulting affair threatens to forever tear apart the already fragile foundations of the Dassa household.