This is an inspiring story of strong will and notable wit in the context of poverty and seeming desperation. Gazemba takes us to the rural African settings where Kinuthia’s hopes for completing his primary school education, and the bright future it would bring, are on the verge of crashing down after his father sells the milking cow as the only source of family income and deserts him to his aging grandmother. The elderly woman is a personality of strong spirit, amazing cunning and stubborn pride though. Determined to prevent Kinuthia from joining the work-gangs in the village, his grandmother embarks on a powerful struggle through indigenous means to keep her only grandchild in school and promise him a future.
Grandmother’s Winning Smile was long listed for the 2007 Macmillan Prize.
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