Published in 2014, Dust is Yvonne Adhiambo Owuor’s first novel. The Kenyan writer is also a past winner of the Caine Prize for African Writing and a recipient of the well-regarded Iowa Writer’s Fellowship. She currently lives in Brisbane, Australia. At the center of ‘Dust’ are two families – the Ogandas and the Boltons. Aggrey Nyipir Oganda is the patriarch of the Oganda family. A former policeman, he has long retired to the village, where he lives with his wife, Akai. Before Kenya’s independence, Nyipir had worked under Hugh Bolton, a British colonial officer.
2014 promises yet another exciting year for African literature. As the year rolls on, we take a look at some of the exciting new titles coming out, including new titles from Yvonne Adhiambo Owuor, Teju Cole, Ishmael Beah, Chris Abani and Dinaw Mengestu.
Yvonne Adhiambo Owuor was born in Kenya and currently lives in Brisbane, Australia. An acclaimed writer, Owuor won the prestigious Caine Prize for African Writing in 2003 with her short story, Weight of Whispers. Last month, she released her new novel, Dust, published by Alfred A. Knopf. Owour is also a past recipient of the Iowa Writer’s Fellowship and her work has appeared in McSweeney’s and other publications. She has been a TEDx Nairobi speaker and a Lannan Foundation resident. In 2004, she was named ‘Woman of the Year’ by Eve Magazine in Kenya. Africa Book Club had the pleasure of interviewing her recently.
Weight of Whispers by Yvonne Adhiambo Owuor is about a 1994 Rwandan genocide survivor, and was published in Kenya, East Africa in 2003.
The story begins with a missile attack on a plane, that kills two presidents. The seemingly calculated attack unleashes a chain of tragic events in Rwanda, culminating into one of the world’s most harrowing tales of genocide and ethno-violence.