In our morning reading: recommended books from Sarah Moss, new nonfiction from Tara Isabella Burton, and more.
Dance of the Jakaranda, the new novel by Peter Kimani, is a layered and moving exploration of the history of Kenya, juxtaposing a story of conflict during the nation’s colonial period with a narrative set in its early days of independence. It’s a novel in which the central characters constantly surprise the readers, and Kimani’s explorations of history encompass multiple sides of art and infrastructure. I talked with Kimani via email about the writing of, and history behind, his book.
In our afternoon reading: nonfiction by Patricia Lockwood, thoughts on books by Peter Kimani and Isaac Newton Akah, an interview with Jonathan Lethem, and more.