Iman Verjee grew up in Kenya, studied and fell in love with Canada, then moved to London to pursue a MA in Creative Writing at City University. It was during her time there that she completed her first novel, In Between Dreams, a story about a taboo love affair and its inescapable consequences
Iman is the winner of the 2012 Peters Fraser &Dunlop/City University Prize for Fiction for her novel In Between Dreams was published by Oneworld Publications in May 2014. Her second novel Who Will Catch Us As We Fall will be published in 2016.
WHO WILL CATCH US AS WE CALL — buy it here.
Growing up in the Nairobi of the 90s, a seething boiling pot of racial tension and conflicting cultural taboos, Leena and Jai are raised to believe in a Kenya full of possibility and potential. But as they come of age and venture into a world of underground activists beyond the confines of their tight-knit East Asian community and closely guarded, gated compound, they start to see a country divided by deep ethnic allegiances and on the brink of something very sinister. Soon Leena and Jai find themselves entangled in a shady world of crooked policemen, seedy salesmen, prostitutes, and bohemian artists. As the city tightens its grip, so begins a dangerous game of corruption and conspiracy, where rebellions simmer, and a tangled web of power unravels as dark forces collide and disturbing revelations surface.
A powerful tale of love and politics in contemporary Nairobi, Who Will Catch Us As We Fall depicts a Kenya on the cusp of change in all its complexity. Through two of the most memorable and remarkable characters in contemporary African fiction, Iman Verjee has penned a moving portrait of a family torn apart by national politics and prejudice, yet still painfully tethered together.
PUBLICATION DATE: July 2016
IN BETWEEN DREAMS – Buy it here
Set in Canada, spanning the colourful 1960s to the drab 1990s, this powerful story follows James who is desperate to be a dedicated, loving family-man but who lives his life handicapped by a terrible sexual addiction. Intertwined with his narrative is that of his teenage daughter – thieving, manipulative and deliciously unhinged, Frances is a young girl struggling to come-of-age under the smoky weight of her own secret inextricably linked to that of her father’s. It’s a story about the fluid, easily-traversed boundary between normality and perversity.
PUBLISHER: Oneworld Publications
PUBLICATION DATE: 15th May 2014