The Perfect Nine
by Ngugi wa Thiong'o
Ngugi wa Thiong’o’s novels and memoirs have received glowing praise from the likes of Barack Obama, the New Yorker, the Guardian and the New York Times Book Review; he has been a finalist for the International Booker Prize and is annually tipped to win the Nobel Prize for Literature; and his books have sold tens of thousands of copies around the world.
In his first attempt at the epic form, Ngugi tells the story of the founding of the Gikuyu people of Kenya, from a strongly feminist perspective. A verse narrative, blending folklore, mythology, adventure and allegory, The Perfect Nine chronicles the efforts the Gikuyu founders made to find partners for their ten beautiful daughters – called ‘The Perfect Nine’ – and the challenges they set for the 99 suitors who seek their hands in marriage. The epic has all the elements of adventure, with suspense, danger, humour and sacrifice.
A dazzling, genre-defying novel in verse from the author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie calls ‘one of the greatest writers of our time’
Page Count: 112 Pages
Imprint: Harvill Secker
Published: Dec 2020