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#NYTReadalong | Irene Muchemi-Ndiritu (Author and Journalist)

Updated: Oct 1, 2023

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Our #NYTReadalong guest this week is author and journalist Irene Muchemi-Ndiritu. Her debut novel, Lucky Girl, was released earlier this year. She has an MA in journalism from the Graduate School of Journalism, Columbia University and has worked as a journalist in New York City, Washington D.C., and Boston.

About Lucky Girl

Longing for independence, a young sheltered Kenyan woman flees the expectations of her mother for a life in New York City that challenges all her beliefs about race, love, and family.

Lucky Girl is a fierce and tender debut about the lives and loves we choose—what it meant to be an African immigrant in America at the turn of the millennium, and how a young woman finds a place for herself in the world.

About Irene Muchemi-Ndiritu

Irene Muchemi-Ndiritu was born and raised in Nairobi and moved to the United States to attend college in 1998. She later received an MFA in creative writing from the University of Cape Town, graduating with distinction. Her fictional work has been published in Yale Review and Adda and she has been shortlisted for the Commonwealth Short Story Prize. She currently lives in Cape Town, South Africa. Lucky Girl is her debut novel.

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