411pp., paperback, London, 2018
A multi-generational epic that examines Uganda’s history through generations of the cursed Kintu clan.
"This is a complex profile of a family and a country – both of its nation building and the urban and pastoral variations within its borders. Makumbi took 10 years to write it, and one can see the time and care in the deceptively casual manner in which she drops information here and there, laying traps for characters 50 years before they are sprung. With a novel that is inventive in scope, masterful in execution, she does for Ugandan literature what Chinua Achebe did for Nigerian writing." The Guardian
Ugandan writer Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi was awarded the 2014 Commonwealth Short Story Prize for her story "Let's Tell This Story Properly", She was awarded the Windham-Campbell Prize for Fiction 2018 to support her writing. Her short story collection, Manchester Happened, was published in 2019. She lives in Manchester and lectures in Creative Writing at Manchester Metropolitan University.