“A Kenyan Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man . . . suffused by a love affair with language.”—Publishers Weekly, Top Ten Books of 2011
One Day I Will Write About This Place
- “Harried reader, I’ll save you precious time: skip this review and head directly to the bookstore for Binyavanga Wainaina’s stand-up-and-cheer coming-of-age memoir, One Day I Will Write About This Place.”—Alexandra Fuller, The New York Times Book Review
In this vivid and compelling memoir, Binyavanga Wainaina tumbles through his middle-class Kenyan childhood out of kilter with the world around him. In One Day I Will Write About This Place, named a 2011 New York Times notable book, Wainaina brilliantly evokes family, tribe, and nationhood in joyous, ecstatic language.
- A New York Times Book Review Notable Book
- “[An] astonishing, dreamy memoir. . . . Words quickly become [Wainaina’s] life, especially as he grows up to become one of Africa’s intellectual leaders, but never does he lose that magical, deeply felt sense of language. And as his readers, neither do we.”—Oprah.com, Summer Reading List
- “Glimmering, strobe-lit language . . . [One Day I Will Write About This Place] reveal[s] a complex, cosmopolitan African experience too rarely depicted in books.”—Teju Cole, GQ, “Book of the Year Club”
- “One of Kenya’s young literary stars.”—Vanity Fair