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Short Synopsis
The Nobel Prize–nominated Kenyan writer's best-known novel.

Full Synopsis
Set in the wake of the Mau Mau rebellion and on the cusp of Kenya's independence from Britain, A Grain of Wheat follows a group of villagers whose lives have been transformed by the 1952–1960 Emergency. At the center of it all is the reticent Mugo, the village's chosen hero and a man haunted by a terrible secret. As we learn of the villagers' tangled histories in a narrative interwoven with myth and peppered with allusions to real-life leaders, including Jomo Kenyatta, a masterly story unfolds in which compromises are forced, friendships are betrayed, and loves are tested.

A Grain of Wheat

Author Ngugi wa Thiong’o

Narrated by Ron Butler

Publication date Jul 9, 2019

Running time 11 hrs

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