Dragonfly Sea (Soft Back)

by Yvonne Adhiambo Owuor

From the award winning author of Dust comes a vibrant stunning coming of age novel about a young woman struggling to find her place in a vast world a poignant exploration of fate mortality love and loss On the island of Pate off the coast of Kenya lives solitary stubborn Ayaana and her mother Munira When a sailor named Muhidin also an outsider enters their lives Ayaana finds something she has never had before a father But as Ayaana grows into adulthood forces of nature and history begin to reshape her life and the island itself from a taciturn visitor with a murky past to a sanctuary seeking religious extremist from dragonflies to a tsunami from black clad kidnappers to cultural emissaries from China Ayaana ends up embarking on a dramatic ship s journey to the Far East where she will discover friends and enemies be seduced by the charming but unreliable scion of a powerful Turkish business family reclaim her devotion to the sea and come to find her own tenuous place amid a landscape of beauty and violence and surprising joy Told with a glorious lyricism and an unerring sense of compassion The Dragonfly Sea is a transcendent story of adventure fraught choices and of the inexorable need for shelter in a dangerous world PRAISE FOR DUST In this dazzling novel you will find the entirety of human experience tear shed bloodshed lust love in garnering proportions Owuor s style evinces a rare and brave choice toles and to make her readers feel A luscious debut TAIYE SELASI The New York Des Book Revit Owuor channels Faulkner or a certain kind of Pynchon Gorgeous Dust brings Kenya to life on the page THOMAS CHATTERTON WILLIAMS San Francisco Chronicle An astonishing novel Engrossing Owuor demonstrates extraordinary talent and range in these pages Her style is alternately impressionistic and harsh incantatory and propulsive In this remarkable novel is a brave healing voice RON CHARLES The Washington Post Brilliant Owuor is taking her place in Kenya s long line of outstanding writers PATRIK HENRY BASS Essence Dust is a fine compassionate novel that relishes the complexity of human relations It is written in a language that is often beautifully observant and is alert in its insight and sympathy ABDULRAZAK GURNAH The Guardian Inventive even breathtaking Dust is the next step in what I anticipate to be a prodigious career COLIN DWYER NPR

ISBN: 9781101973622 SKU: 2030301006958
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