If one asks me to describe Silas Nyanchwani’s works, I’d immediately tell them, “a lot goes on in Nairobi”. That phrase can also tell you about Nyanchwani’s deep understanding of the city life, especially relationship-wise.
The author’s short story book titled, Birthday Break Up, features stories that aptly capture that phrase.
Nairobi city is one of hustle, fake relationships, fake smiles, and downright cold.
But that’s not all, there are some beautiful things to living in the city; wins from poverty, glamour and a chance to amass wealth which gives one immense power.
It is in the relationship, whether work related, or erotic one that this book bases itself on.
Nyanchwani has a way with stories; he makes the readers heart pound, with bated breath one turns the page anxious for what happens next, often in this state, the unexpected ending knocks one out.
The book opens with a story that one can relate to and apply to judgement of many an independent woman in Nairobi. That is women with no clear form of employment, living large, expensive tastes and addresses and no known husband. Truly, Martha captures what most socialite or wanna-be socialites dream of in the big city. It has laughable almost tragic ending.
Juggling more than one man and satisfying all of them. Chei.
Silas Nyanchwani is an author of four books. His stories are captivating as well as deep. They expose the not-so-talked about issues of relationship in the city, often fake but nonetheless, convenient.
The manner in which other stories of triumphs end in a twist of the unexpected failure almost made me shout, “what’s wrong with you Nyanchwani!”
For example, how a university lecturer slept with his student crush, only to discover the bitter truth. Suicide. The manner in which a victorious path is paved before a Twitter influencer joining a PR team for a top businessman turned politician, and all goes Kaput. A bartender dad who discovers what her daughter is doing on the sides. 😂
Edge of the seat readership thing. I tell you “A lot goes on in Nairobi”
The book is written in easy to grasp English, and the mental pictures one forms while reading the stories makes it an unforgettable experience.
In this book, Nyanchwani, the writer of best-selling novel Sexorcised and the non-fiction account of life in the city Man About Town doesn’t disappoint. It is an enjoyable read, worth its time.
Nyanchwani is also the author of 50 Memos to Men (2 books – volume 1 and Volume 2)
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