This item will be released 02 Sep.

The Dragonfly Sea


From the award-winning author of Dust comes a magical, sea-saturated, coming-of-age novel that transports readers from Kenya to China and Turkey.

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‘One of Africas most exciting voices … The Dragonfly Sea is a continent-hopping novel of epic proportions.


On an island in the Lamu Archipelago lives a solitary, stubborn child called Ayaana and her mother, Munira. When a sailor named Muhidin, also an outsider, enters their lives, Ayaana finds something she has never had before: a father. But as she grows into adulthood, forces of nature, history and religion begin to reshape Ayaana’s life – leading her overseas where new intimacies offer fraught choices.

Told with a glorious, sensual lyricism, The Dragonfly Sea is a transcendent story of passion and adventure; of the inexorable need for loving shelter in a dangerous world.

‘This lushly written epic of contemporary cultural clashes and world politics is as magically enveloping as a fairy tale.’ 



‘Owuor writes in heart-stopping bursts of imagery and retooled language . . . gloriously unique.’

Vanity Fair

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