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Crossing Rivers: An African Historical Fiction (The Agikuyu Book 1)

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Crossing Rivers: A young Maasai girl’s world is turned upside down when she is traded to an old Gikuyu woman in exchange for food, by her starving parents. Compelled to become a Gikuyu she goes through adoption and initiation rituals. She falls in love but soon after her marriage her world, once again, changes forever.

Crossing Rivers is Book One in The Agikuyu Series

Kindle Edition, 183 pages
Published June 4th 2014 by Lens&Pens Publishing LLC (first published May 24th 2014)
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Jean Carlson
Sep 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing
A detailed and flowing lyricism moves through Mr. Wilson's novel, creating a fascinating and engaging narrative of livid beauty. I found myself captivated by the honesty and heart of the complex family and tribal interactions, and the incredible precision with which Mr. Wilson knows his subject and weaves the world so thoroughly. From the use of specific Maasai and Gikuyu sayings worked seamlessly into conversations, to the details of the landscape and trade-routes, to the precise social systems ...more
May 31, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Skeeter has a talent for taking a Western reader and guiding them into the foreign, vibrant Africa of his imagination. Where his last book, Worthless People, focused on the complex inner struggle of its protagonist, Crossing Rivers works from the outside in, slowly peeling away layers of plot to reveal the inner strength of its main character.

The Africa that Skeeter portrays in this book is mysterious and mythic. Since the entire story is told from an African point of view (and 1860's Africa at
John Benson
Aug 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The author of this book, Skeeter (Tim) Wilson, and I were in high school together while we were growing up as missionary kids in East Africa. In this book, Skeeter explores the history of the Gikuyu people who lived around the place where we went to high school. He takes a Maasai/Gikuyu woman and brings out her life as she tries to figure out this new culture she has become a part of as a child. Skeeter writes in an engaging and very thoughtful style as he brings out her story in chapters that j ...more
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Skeeter Wilson was born in Kenya, where his parents worked as missionaries. He heard a lot of stories told by the Maasai and the Gikuyu tribes."There was a man who lived on the earth who had three sons. His sons constantly quarreled with each other, so the father took his sons to a holy mountain to ask Ngai, the creator of all things, for advice." Ngai placed a spear, a digging stick, and a bow. The first son chose the spear, the second chose the bow, and the last chose the digging stick. "So th ...more
This story is based in pre-colonial eastern Africa and centers around the culture of Gikuyu and Maasai people. The story begins with the main character, Ma'Muriuki crossing a river with her three children as she travels back to her birth place among the Maasai.

Throughout her journey she reflects on the events that led her to her current situation. As a little girl living among the Maasai her people experienced a shortage of food due to disease spreading in their livestock. Her family re
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