THE CAPE COD BICYCLE WAR, and other stories

: Kahora (B.)

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293pp., paperback, Athens, 2019


The short stories in this debut collection by Billy Kahora have appeared in Granta and McSweeney’s and have been shortlisted for the Caine Prize for African Writing.

“Billy Kahora is a painter with words. He makes the reader see and touch and smell and feel characters and their inner turmoil as they try to survive, against the challenges of nature and nurture.” Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o

“Billy Kahora’s stories immerse us in a surreal, heady, wry, often beautiful, sometimes brutal, always surprising world. This is a millennial Kenya we’ve never seen in fiction before: drunks and zealots, farmers and whistleblowers, locals and migrants, mothers and brothers, the rich and the poor and those who slip in between. This prismatic picture of Kenyans—especially their class politics—feels startlingly precise: yes, this is exactly how people talk and hustle and love and falter. A wondrous collection.” Namwali Serpell, author of The Old Drift

Billy Kahora teaches creative writing at the University of Bristol and is the former managing editor at Kwani?