We Are the Water People

By Troy Onyango,

Book cover of We Are the Water People: A Short Story

Book description

From critically acclaimed author Troy Onyango comes a dark, suspenseful tale of spirits bearing witness to a crime that rocks an island community, based on the Luo legend of the water people. 

When fishermen on Nam Lolwe (commonly known as Lake Victoria) return with the body of a young boy…


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1 author picked We Are the Water People as one of their favorite books. Why do they recommend it?

We Are the Water People is an eerie tale about how a community – human and supernatural – tries to process an unspeakable calamity on the shores of Lake Victoria. The telling is as deep and mysterious as the murky waters on which the story is set. I quickly became immersed in the poetry of the language and the moody atmosphere filling my headphones. 

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