“What makes a man leave the land of his birth?” asks Vikram Lall, a third generation Indian raised in Kenya. The story progresses from his childhood days, through the turbulent Mau Mau rebellion, his career in the Kenyatta government, his role in the corruption of the Finance Department and his remorseful refuge in Canada. Vassanji, winner of a second Giller Prize for this book, explores the “in-between” role of Indians in post-colonial Africa.

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