Murdering Romance by Kendi Karimi

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Murdering Romance by Kendi Karimi

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A Wakini Kuria Prize & African Writers Awards shortlisted author

A good part of this story is inspired by real events

The novel by Kendi Karimi – a journalist-turned author- is a fascinating and nostalgic narration that effortlessly combines real life and fictional tales weaved into an engrossing masterpiece.

Murdering Romance is a story about Mukami who simply wanted to experience an actual authentic moment of genuine love and call it her own. 

But let the title not lull you into thinking that the book is solely about romance. It is much more. The author first portrays Mukami as this lady who seems to be on a revenge mission disguised as pursuit of love but as the plot thickens, the storyline evolves into other deeper issues. The book delves deep into several themes including domestic violence, toxic masculinity, femininity, absentee parents and abuse, among others.

Often there is a gulf of difference between fiction and non-fiction but in Murdering Romance, the dissimilarity between the two is too blurred to discern.

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An African Writers Awards & Wakini Kuria Prize shortlisted author

A good part of this story is inspired by real events

The novel by Kendi Karimi – a journalist-turned author- is a fascinating and nostalgic narration that effortlessly combines real life and fictional tales weaved into an engrossing masterpiece.

Murdering Romance is a story about Mukami who simply wanted to experience an actual authentic moment of genuine love and call it her own.

But let the title not lull you into thinking that the book is solely about romance. It is much more. The author first portrays Mukami as this lady who seems to be on a revenge mission disguised as pursuit of love but as the plot thickens, the storyline evolves into other deeper issues. The book delves deep into several themes including domestic violence, toxic masculinity, femininity, absentee parents and abuse, among others.

Often there is a gulf of difference between fiction and non-fiction but in Murdering Romance, the dissimilarity between the two is too blurred to discern. The most disturbing of these accounts is a relationship with ‘Peanut Man’, an experience which is treated as best as it can be; ballsy yet sensitively. Some say that the Peanut Man’s saga should be an entire book plot on its own, complete with a therapy session for the character.

There is a rawness to Murdering Romance. Mukami does her best to share and unpack her life and the experiences she has lived, each one making her wonder, making her wish and hope.
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“I wrote this book because I have been murdering romance all my life and I figured, if I can get it all down on a page, maybe I can make sense of my life choices while simultaneously helping those who have been in similar situations.”

About author

Kendi Karimi, a journalist turned author, graduated top of her class with first-class honors in Mass Communication. Her short story, What Does It Mean To Be Kind Anyway, was shortlisted for the Wakini Kuria Prize for children’s literature in 2021. In 2022, the story ‘Number 27′ was shortlisted for the African Writers Awards. ‘Our Brief Heavenly Hour’ has also been featured by Writer’s Space Africa and her work has been recognized by BIC group and EUEPA. Her work has also been featured in numerous international anthologies.

Her first poetry collection, The Cages We Built, premiered at #4 on Amazon’s bestseller list. Find her work on social media @kendikarimi

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    NAIROBI
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    Kenya
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