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The Perfect Nine

(2019)
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A dazzling, genre-defying novel in verse from the author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie calls "one of the greatest writers of our time"

"Seldom have the raw truths of Africa been exposed so vividly, yet humorously. . . . With tales that tease, then bite, [Ngg] tackles the absurdities, injustices and corruption of a continent."
- Delia Owens, author of Where the Crawdad Sings on Minutes of Glory in the New York Times Book Review


Ngg wa Thiong'o's novels and memoirs have received glowing praise from the likes of President Barack Obama, the New Yorker, the New York Times Book Review, The Guardian, and NPR; he has been a finalist for the Man International Booker Prize and is annually tipped to win the Nobel Prize for Literature; and his books have sold tens of thousands of copies around the world.

In his first attempt at the epic form, Ngg tells the story of the founding of the Gky people of Kenya, from a strongly feminist perspective. A verse narrative, blending folklore, mythology, adventure and allegory, The Perfect Nine chronicles the efforts the Gky founders made to find partners for their ten beautiful daughters - called "The Perfect Nine" - and the challenges they set for the 99 suitors who seek their hands in marriage. The epic has all the elements of adventure, with suspense, danger, humor, and sacrifice.

Ngg's epic is a quest for the beautiful as an ideal of living, as the motive force behind migrations of African peoples. He notes, "The epic came to me one night as a revelation of ideals of quest, courage, perseverance, unity, family; and the sense of the divine, in human struggles with nature and nurture."

Genre: Literary Fiction

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Hardback Editions

October 2020 : USA Hardback
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Title: The Perfect Nine: The Epic of Gky and Mmbi
Author(s): Ngg wa Thiong'o
ISBN: 1-62097-525-4 / 978-1-62097-525-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: The New Press
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Paperback Editions

October 2020 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Perfect Nine: The Epic of Gikuyu and Mumbi
Author(s): Ngugi wa Thiong'o
ISBN: 1-911215-99-X / 978-1-911215-99-8 (UK edition)
Publisher: Harvill Secker
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November 2019 : UK Paperback
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Title: Perfect Nine
Author(s): Ngugi Wa Thiong'o
ISBN: 1-78730-001-3 / 978-1-78730-001-9 (UK edition)
Publisher: Random House Export
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Audio Editions

October 2020 : USA Audio CD
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Title: The Perfect Nine: The Epic of Gky and Mmbi
Author(s): Ngg wa Thiong'o
ISBN: 1-71355-609-X / 978-1-71355-609-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
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October 2020 : USA Audio CD
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Title: The Perfect Nine: The Epic of Gky and Mmbi
Author(s): Ngg wa Thiong'o
ISBN: 1-71355-610-3 / 978-1-71355-610-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
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October 2020 : Australia Audio edition
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Title: The Perfect Nine: The Epic of Gky and Mmbi
Author(s): Ngg wa Thiong'o
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
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October 2020 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: The Perfect Nine: The Epic of Gky and Mmbi
Author(s): Ngg wa Thiong'o
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
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October 2020 : UK Audio edition
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Title: The Perfect Nine: The Epic of Gky and Mmbi
Author(s): Ngg wa Thiong'o
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
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Kindle Editions

October 2020 : Australia, UK Kindle edition
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Title: The Perfect Nine: The Epic of Gikuyu and Mumbi
Author(s): Ngugi wa Thiong'o
Publisher: Vintage Digital
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October 2020 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: The Perfect Nine: The Epic of Gky and Mmbi
Author(s): Ngg wa Thiong'o
Publisher: The New Press
Availability: Amazon   Amazon CA