Mugure and Zack seem to have the picture-perfect family: a young, healthy son, a beautiful home in Riverdale, New York, and a bright future. But one night, as Mugure is rummaging through an old drawer, she comes across a piece of paper with a note scrawled on it—a note that calls into question everything she’s ever believed about her husband . . .
A wandering curiosity may have gotten the best of Mugure this time as she heads down a dangerous road that takes her back to Kenya, where new discoveries threaten to undo her idyllic life. She wonders if she ever really knew the man she married and begins to piece together the signs that were there since the beginning. Who was that suspicious man who trailed Zack and Mugure on their first date at a New York nightclub? What about the closing of the agency that facilitated the adoption of their son?
‘The Fall of Saint’s by Wanjiku Wa Ngugi the daughter of the legendary Kenya Author, Ngugi Wa Thi’ongo is a fast paced thriller book which was a class course book for my last year’s Literature class and I doubt it could have come to my attention if it wasn’t compulsory and examinable.
Title: The Fall of Saints
Author: Wanjiku Wa Ngugi
‘The Fall of Saints’ is a story set in Nairobi and U.S. A thriller which addresses the plight of poverty in our societies and what I found to be the most unbelievable way of mitigating the adversity.
Recited to us through the eyes of Mugure, the protagonist, who’s born of both Kenyan parents, she leaves Kenya to pursue further studies in the U.S where she meets Zack Sivonen, an American- Estonian man, who’ll end up being her husband. What she didn’t know however, is the exact profession of her husband and how he had established himself as one of the most successful lawyer in U.S.
A few years into their marriage and Mugure’s eager to bore a child started creeping in. She conceived but in the tubes which immediately meant that she couldn’t carry the foetus to full term. The couple decided to adopt a child to fill the void and give them an opportunity to be parents. Zack was open for the idea and even suggested that they adopt a kid from Kenya,Mugure’s home country which was so flattering.
A year after the couple started the child adoption process, a two-year old little boy was delivered to them and Mugure immediately loved the little boy like her own. Kobi was the center of Mugure’s attention and she’d spend more time with him playing and trying to get to know him as well as nurture their relationship.
Things took a different turn when Mugure requested for fumigation meaning she had to go in her husband’s office which she had never set foot into,ever since they got married. The office was always closed and Mugure never had a reason of going in the office which she believed was Zack’s private work space. Upon seeing the name of Kobi written on a piece of paper with an unfamiliar phone number, Mugure’s curiosity to know more engulfs her and she immediately starts to investigate the adoption agency that delivered Kobi to them at their doorstep.
Suddenly everyone around her becomes a suspect of the illegal child trafficking business including her own husband Zack and best friend Melinda. All these will come to realization when her investigative trails lead her to Kenya where she meets Wangeci, Kobi’s real mother and also get to know the source of Zack’s wealth which is murky and unpalatable.
Surrogacy is such a noble act, a selfless one and most of the time it requires a woman to do this out of good and freewill. But that’s not the case when it comes to ‘Fall of Saints.’ Women from poor backgrounds are forced into it without their knowledge and opting out isn’t a choice since it will cost them their lives if not their close relatives.
As described in Goodreads,’The Fall of Saints’ tackles real-life political and ethical issues through a striking, beautifully rendered story. This extraordinary novel will tug at your heart and keep it racing until the end. I’ll recommend this book to those seeking to read a book which has it’s setting in Kenya, a novel that beautifully addresses the adoption and surrogate issues.