A Grain of Wheat by (James) Ngũgĩ wa Thiong'o
Set in the wake of the Mau Mau rebellion and on the cusp of Kenya’s independence from Britain, A Grain of Wheat follows a group of villagers whose lives have been transformed by the 1952–1960 Emergency. At the center of it all is the reticent Mugo, the village’s chosen hero and a man haunted by a terrible secret. As we learn of the villagers’ tangled histories in a narrative interwoven with myth and peppered with allusions to real-life leaders, including Jomo Kenyatta, a masterly story unfolds in which compromises are forced, friendships are betrayed, and loves are tested.
Condition: VGood (minor wear on corners and edges, slight crease on cover, scuff mark on back cover, notes on inside front cover, remainder mark on top edge)
Publisher: Heinemann, 1984
ISBN 13: 9780435900366