A Review of Yiyun Li’s ‘Where Reasons End’ (or brief notes on grief)

It is difficult trying to reason with grief. It is even more difficult to find a language to write about something as stubborn and obstinate as the process of grieving the loss of a loved one. What words do we use? Which language do we resort to? How do we write about it in a way that creates a bridge rather that a wall?

That is what the narrator in Yiyun Li’s latest novel Where Reasons End does throughout the 90 pages of the book. It is a brief, meditative novel that majorly preoccupies itself with grief and loss and…


A list of books I enjoyed reading in 2019

This list is coming a little too late — as we are already in 2020 — but I promised I would publish it, if not for anything else but for self-accountability. I was going to limit it to 10 but two books sneaked it at the last moment. The books here are not just those published in 2019 but of those books that I read for the first time in this year.

Also, there is certainly no ranking whatsoever.

  1. Girl, Woman, Other by Bernardine Evaristo

I am so pleased that this powerful novel/collection of interconnected stories won the Booker Prize…


A Review of Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi’s ‘Manchester Happened’.

There is a bold mastery with which the Ugandan novelist and short story writer Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi writes that certainly places her as one of the most exciting writers presently creating work. It has also positioned her among the most important or best African writers of all time despite having only published two books; the third book, The First Woman, is on its way and anticipation is already high. …

Troy Onyango

Reader • Writer • Editor • Website: troyonyango.com • ‘Show? To who?’ — Sula

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