From M.G. Vassanji, two-time Giller Prize winner and a Governor General's Award winner for Non-fiction, comes a poignant love letter to his birthplace and homeland, East Africa-a powerful and surprising portrait that only an insider could write
M.G. VASSANJI is the author of six novels, two collections of short stories, and two works of nonfiction. His first novel, The Gunny Sack, was winner of the Commonwealth Prize for Canada and the Caribbean. He has won the Giller Prize for both The Book of Secrets and The In-Between World of Vikram Lall, and the Governor General's Literary Award for Non-Fiction for A Place Within- Rediscovering India. His novel The Assassin's Song was shortlisted for both the Giller Prize and the Governor General's Literary Award for Fiction. He was born in Kenya and raised in Tanzania, and attended university in the United States. He lives in Toronto, Canada with his wife and two sons.
"Compelling. . . . And Home Was Kariakoo offers an insider's experience of East Africa, empathetic and informed. . . . Vassanji contemplates in clean, unfussy prose. He probes connections between past and present--and isn't sentimental about either." --Maclean's "A memoir in the widest sense. There is no straightforward narrative or awakening; instead, the book is composed of memories and tied together with sharp historical perspective. How do the different parts of a person coalesce to create an identity? What does 'home' mean and what are our responsibilities to it? . . . Throughout And Home Was Kariakoo, Vassanji succeeds in understanding the tension of a bifurcated life and exposing the weight of belonging carried by immigrants like him. After six novels and a long, successful career, Vassanji's search from how he went to Nairobi to Toronto has come to a meaningful reckoning." --The Globe and Mail