The Book of Secrets is a spellbinding novel of
generations and the sweep of history that begins in 1988 in Dar es
Salaam, when the 1913 diary of a British colonial officer is found
in a shopkeeper''s back room. The diary enflames the curiosity of a
retired schoolteacher, Pius Fernandes, whose obsession with the
stories it contains gradually connects the past with the present.
Inhabiting the story is a memorable cast of characters, part of an
Asian community in East Africa, whose lives and fates we follow
over the course of seven decades. Rich in detail and description,
M. G. Vassanji''s award-winning novel magnificently conjures
setting and the realm of eras past as it explores the state of
living in exile from one''s home and from oneself.