Author(s): THIONG'O NGUGI WA
Christian missionaries attempt to outlaw the female circumcision ritual and in the process create a terrible rift between the two Kikuyu communities on either side of the river. The people are torn between those who believe in Western/Christian education and the opportunities it will offer, and those who feel that only unquestioned loyalty to past traditions will save them. The growing conflict brings tragedy to a pair of young lovers who attempted to bridge the deepening chasm.
'It has rare qualities of restraint, intelligence and sensitivity'The Times Literary Suppliment ' A sensitive novel about Gikuyu in the melting pot that sometimes touches the granduer of tap-root simpliticity.'The Guardian