Things They Lost

Pages: 320
Subject: Fiction
Imprint: Oneworld

Things They Lost

Okwiri Oduor

From the 2014 Caine Prize winner comes an astonishing new novel, riven through with mystery and magic, about a daughter's quest to save her mother
9780861543878 (14 Apr 2022)
RRP £16.99

The Book

Ayosa is a wandering spirit - joyous, exuberant, filled to the brim with longing. Her only companions in the Kenyan town she calls home are as lonely as Ayosa herself: the ghostly Fatumas, the sullen milkman and Sindano, the owner of a café that no one ever visits.

But a curse hangs over the women in Ayosa's family, a curse which has blighted the life of her mother, Nabumbo Promise. When her new friend Mbui offers her an alternative life, one that would involve leaving Nabumbo Promise behind, Ayosa must decide how much she owes her fearsome, mercurial mama.  

Set at the intersection of the spirit world and the human one, suffused with Kenyan folklore and myth, Things They Lost is an unforgettable novel about mothers and daughters, about ghostly longing and about love at its most intoxicating and dangerous, from a standout new literary voice.   

Additional Information

Subject Fiction
Pages 320
Imprint Oneworld


About the Author

Okwiri Oduor was born in Nairobi, Kenya. At age 25, she won the Caine Prize for African Writing 2014 for her story "My Father's Head.”  Later that year, she was named on the Hay Festival's Africa39 list of 39 African writers under 40 who would define trends in African literature. Her novella The Dream Chasers was highly commended in the Commonwealth Book Prize 2012. She has been a MacDowell Colony fellow, and she received her MFA from the Iowa Writers' Workshop. She has a story forthcoming in Granta.