How leaving Nairobi (and coming back) helped Iman Verjee write her new novel | CBC Radio

How leaving Nairobi (and coming back) helped Iman Verjee write her new novel | CBC RadioFor Iman Verjee, it took coming back to Kenya to see her home country clearly for the first time. “When I was in Nairobi as a younger person, I didn’t see all these issues of race and class,” says the 29-year-old novelist, now based in Edmonton. “When I came back to Kenya from 2012 to 2014, after my undergrad at the University of Alberta and then my creative writing degree in England, I started seeing them, and that was really what drove me to start writing the novel.”

How leaving Nairobi (and coming back) helped Iman Verjee write her new novel | CBC RadioThe result – Who Will Catch Us As We Fall – is the story of Leena, a young woman who returns to Nairobi years after a traumatic event made her leave. In her own words, Verjee talks about how this honest, unflinching and redemptive story came to be.

I was born in Nairobi and I lived there until I was 18 in my own little bubble of Indians. I left, first for Canada, and then for England. When I went back to Kenya in 2012, when I was in my mid-20s…

Read more at the source: CBC Books – CBC Radio, August 23, 2016

Who Will Catch Us As We Fall by Iman Verjee

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