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Rough Silk

Deborah Auko Tendo

1 Aug 2023

Rough Silk

This one is close to my heart. I've re-read it a few times.

It's a story about an ordinary father and an ordinary daughter, written from the perspective of the daughter. It covers a wide range of experiences within the Kenyan landscape from the single parenting, polygamy, Kenyan politics, rumba music and the HIV pandemic in the 80s and 90s of Kenya.

I love it even more because it's written by Deborah Auko Tendo, my cousin a.k.a sis. The story is beyond relatable.

It really is a biography about ordinary people for ordinary people written by an ordinary person; a woman. Yes, I've used the word ordinary a lot's true. It's beautiful. It is raw.

So guess what....I'm re-reading it again for August. I'm inviting you to join me. Grab your copy and some tissues.


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