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A Collection of Short Stories that Evoke Strong Emotions -A Review of Troy Onyango’s For What Are Butterflies Without their Wings

Title: For what are butterflies without their wings
Author: Troy Onyango
Year of Publication: 2022
Number of Pages: 219
Category: Short Stories

Troy Onyango’s “For What are Butterflies Without Wings” is a truly exceptional collection of stories that is sure to captivate any reader. The book is a perfect blend of accessibility and emotional complexity, making it a must-read for anyone looking for a deeply engaging and thought-provoking collection of stories.

The author’s writing style is effortless and refined, making it easy for readers to get lost in the stories. His writing is also lyrical, which leads one to speculate whether he may have had a past life as a poet.

The opening story, “Transfiguration,” is a masterful example of storytelling, immediately drawing the reader in and evoking a range of emotions as they navigate the complex relationship between a mother and son.

Set primarily in Nairobi, Kenya, the stories in this collection explore themes such as sexual orientation, love, violence, loss, and grief, resonating with readers on a deep, emotional level.

Onyango’s writing is so powerful that readers may find themselves wanting to take matters into their own hands, feeling invested in the story and its outcome. Although the stories are fictional, they feel authentic, and at times, almost unbelievable.

Onyango’s creativity is evident in his choice of titles, which include “For What are Butterflies Without Wings,” “A Place with Many Doors,” and “Black is the Colour of Absence.” The author seems less concerned with whether readers fully grasp the intended meaning behind each title and is more focused on ensuring that readers enjoy the stories.

Despite the book’s dark themes, there are moments of hope and resilience that shine through, offering a powerful testament to the human spirit.
Onyango’s writing is exceptional, and this book is sure to leave a lasting impression on all who read it.

In short, “For What are Butterflies Without Wings” is a must-read for anyone looking for a deeply engaging and thought-provoking collection of stories. It is a testament to the power of storytelling and the human experience. Onyango’s incredible writing and compelling characters will leave readers feeling moved, inspired, and thoughtful long after they’ve finished the book.

About the reviewer
Titilade Oyemade is a business executive in a leading organisation and holds a degree in Russian Language. She’s the convener of the Hangoutwithtee Ladies Event and the publisher of Hangoutwithtee magazine. She spends her weekends attending women conferences, events and book readings. She loves to have fun and to help other women have the same in their lives. Email: [email protected] Social: @tiipreeofficial