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Lessons from My Grandmother

Every Life Is a Guided Journey

Martha Mutomba


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After completing her graduate studies in England, Yeukai returns home to rural Zimbabwe to a jubilant celebration rich in the cultural traditions of the Shona-speaking people. There, she receives life lessons from her beloved grandmother--a wise elder holding sacred knowledge passed down through generations.

Though impressed by her grandmother's lessons, Yeukai sets them aside to pursue a corporate career in the biotech industry in California. For years, Yeukai embraces a consumer lifestyle, pretending to live the American dream. However, the busy activities of her life--focused on chasing material delusions--hide the emotional turmoil within, until things come to a head.

In search for meaning in her life, Yeukai returns home to Zimbabwe only to be heartbroken by the devastation inflicted by AIDS, rampant corruption, and a near-collapsed economy. In despair, Yeukai turns within in search for answers in her life. And the answers start to be revealed--in the deep meaning of her grandmother's teachings and the rediscovering of her own true nature. And she begins to redefine her relationship with the world. Poems interspersed throughout the novel poignantly capture Yeukai's triumphant journey to the realization that a life of purpose is truly possible if we allow ourselves to be guided by mystic powers.

Morgan James Fiction, 9781683504665, 262pp.

Publication Date: January 30, 2018

About the Author

Martha Mutomba's narrative storytelling interweaves her interest in the thought-provoking subject of mysticism, her deep roots in her Shona culture, and her curiosity in the cultures of people she has met as she has travelled and lived in different parts of the world. Martha earned a PhD degree from Cambridge University in England and then worked in the biotechnology industry in the United States for many years. She currently volunteers to Munhu, a non-profit organization that serves children affected by HIV/AIDS in her native land of Zimbabwe. Martha's writing and charitable work give her the opportunity to combine her two passions of telling stories and serving others and the world. Her work has been published in the Spring 2016 Edition of Equanimity Magazine and in the inaugural issue of Poetic Lenz - A Storyteller's Magazine for Photographers and Writers. Martha will be donating 10% of proceeds from the sale of this book to Munhu. She resides in Thousand Oaks, California.