You will find yourself filled with laughter and tears
as you follow the stories of these powerful women
and their families who give insight
into the culture and aspirations
of the Luo people in Kenya.
By Dr. Margaret A. Ogola
This novel tells the story of a slow Christian conversion penetrating through four generations of a family from the mid-1800s to the present.
Set in East Africa, prior to European colonization, author Margaret Ogola paints a vivid picture of a family's journey through time and a rapidly changing culture. Fascinating and captivating, this story highlights the culture, the beliefs, and the oh-so-familiar human struggles and joys of generations of women and their families. The themes of loyalty, courage, family values, and hope permeate the story as each generation endures suffering with determination and a firm belief in God. They welcome change while taking on the challenges that come with it and grasping onto the continuity of their traditions and beliefs.
This novel won both the Jomo Kenyatta Literature Prize and the Commonwealth Writers Prize Best First Book in the Africa Region. It continues to be in worldwide demand.
Dr. Margaret A. Ogola (1958-2011) was a renowned Kenyan author, pediatrician, and the medical director of Cottolengo Hospice which treated HIV and AIDS orphans in Nairobi. She won the 1995 Commonwealth Writers' Prize for this first novel, and was the recipient of the WCF Familias Award for Humanitarian Service at the 1999 World Congress of Families in Geneva. She has written two other books: Mandate of the People, and this book's sequel, I Swear by Apollo.