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Originally published in Heineman's prestigious African Writers Series, this is Arrows' first publication in the US. Coming only months after the whirlwind of publicity for Foreign Gods, Inc., we expect continued attention for Okey Ndibe as a major new voice in world literature.

Set in a fictitious post-colonial African nation, the discovery of the body of a drowned prostitute leads to an exploration of the conflict between an individual and the modern African state. A gripping study of truth, silence, and the abuse of power. A young woman runs into the sea and drowns. The last man who spoke to her, a curious individual known as Bukuru, is asked to account for her suicide. His shocking revelations land him in court. Alone and undefended, Bukuru has to calculate the cost of silence in the face of stories which must be told.

Both humorous and poignant, Arrows of Rain dramatises the relationship between an individual and the modern African state. Okey Ndibe examines the erosion of moral insight in both public and private life, drawing out the complex factors behind the near-collapse of a nation.

©2015 Okey Ndibe (P)2015 Recorded Books

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Its a saddening tale

A bit funny in the first half and saddening in the end. A Quick witted accused former journo, in court, abuse of power, tragedy , a dictatorship, overthrown eventually by a military regime, discrimination of an adopted child, and a failure to accept responsibility by fathers and a protective mother who wouldn't tell the truth. It made me cry 😭 ... and became sadder and sadder and sadder ... I wouldn't recommend it to sensitive person