My Skinny Cow, set in rural Seito as it slowly urbanizes and brings a new order, is the captivating story of Asiago and Obiri, following them from their youth to old age. The two work hard in school to become heroes and beacons of hope for the future of the community. Throughout the narrative, the reader is taken on a journey through a rich cultural heritage, with the community’s wedding tradition epitomizing the depth and allure of their customs, leaving the reader yearning for more.
As the old generation strives to preserve the life-long glorious cultural traditions of the people, the relentless march of modernity exacts its toll. An all-knowing clique of youth emerges, threatening the community’s future, leading to disputes between the traditional local elite and the youth determined to forge societal changes to suit their desires.
Danger looms on both paths: the impulsive rush to modernize at the expense of tradition and the passionate desire to preserve age-old customs in the face of advancing modernization. Which way will Seito choose? You, the reader, are invited to contemplate the answer.
What Others Say
“The novel demonstrates imagination and originality in league with the postmodernist canon, which upholds traditional cultures that are misconstrued by modernist views as peripheral and obsolete.” – Dr. Andrew Nyongesa, teacher, author, critic, and literary scholar.