The Book of Secrets

A Novel

M. G. Vassanji

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In 1988, a retired schoolteacher named Pius Fernandes receives an old diary found in the back room of an East African shop. Written in 1913 by a British colonial administrator, the diary captivates Fernandes, who begins to research the coded history he encounters in its terse, laconic entries. What he uncovers is a story of forbidden liaisons and simmering vengeances, family secrets and cultural exiles--a story that leads him on an investigative journey through his own past and Africa's.

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Praise for The Book of Secrets

"Rich . . . wonderful . . . entertaining . . . a celebration of storytelling." --David Willis McCullough, The New York Times Book Review

"A love affair with the past . . . [an] exquisite, tender, and possibly great novel." --The New Yorker

"Well-written, mulit-layered, and teasingly inconclusive . . . Offers a view of an area seldom treated in fiction. --The Atlantic Monthly

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M. G. Vassanji

M. G. Vassanji was born in Kenya and raised in Tanzania. He attended the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and was writer-in-residence at the University of Iowa in the International Writing Program. He is the winner of the Giller Prize, the Bressani Literary Prize, the Regional Commonwealth Prize, and the Harbourfront Festival Prize. He lives in Toronto.

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The Book of Secrets
A Novel
M. G. Vassanji

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Picador
December 1996
Trade Paperback
ISBN: 9780312150686
ISBN10: 0312150687
5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 360 pages
$19.00
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