Ayosa is a wandering spirit – joyous and filled to the brim with longing. Her only companions in her grandmother's crumbling house 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 love at its most intoxicating, from a standout new literary voice.
'A wondrous newborn - mewling, dewy, twinkling, gurgling a tale steeped in the acrid surrealism of childhood, populated by wicked wraiths and held together by the vicious spell mothers can cast on their daughters.' Leila Aboulela, author of Bird Summons
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A story of love and loneliness. Beautiful and amazing debut. Ayosa lives in a small African town under the shadow of her here-today-gone-tomorrow mother, but one day she meets a friend who could change everything.
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I coveted this book as soon as I saw the front cover and I was so thankful that I was granted the chance to read it. Omg this book was incredible. It is so beautifully written and so poignant full of vivid descriptions and rich imagery that made me feel like I was in the pages too. Full of magic and shrouded in mystery it really is a great read.