A novel by Kenyan writer Joseph Alila

Sunset on Polygamy (Paperback), Joseph Alila, List price: $19.95 ISBN-10: 1424166845 ISBN-13: 978-1424166848

It is Sunset on Polygamy in Luoland. A near-fatal crisis pits polygamous Jim and younger wives against the hyperjealous first wife, Felicia the Nyadendi, a master of intrigues, who engineers a home-wide mutiny against him. Mutiny ends, and a surge of babies for all but the in-menopause Felicia. Tormented by her condition, she is unable to withstand a childless period in her journey, Felicia suffers a mental breakdown. But she would have the last laugh, thanks to a fatal disease epidemic. Meanwhile, the New Disease ensnares her people as Gina, virus-infected and very beautiful, unwillingly remarries because of spiritual demands placed upon her by the customs of her people. Deceivingly healthy, she kills suitor-after-suitor, shutting down home-after-home, as the society sleeps and nurses a tragic spiritual (Luo: Chira) explanation for a medically well-understood viral-killer. Gina’s long life is a tragedy, and so are polygamy, wife-inheritance, and a communal psyche moored on a myriad of taboos.

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