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Wanjiru Warama was born in British colonial Kenya. Her parents were peasant laborers and illiterate. She considers herself lucky to have gone to school from age ten.
She was educated in Kenya and in the United States, and lives in Southern California.
UNEXPECTED AMERICA, is a mainstream memoir which reads like a thriller in which Wanjiru Warama leaves Kenya in a huff and heads to the United States for a year’s sabbatical. From the first day, she realizes she has to learn to live all over again in a new culture she knows nothing about. Loneliness debilitates her until she meets “Mr. Savior” who becomes not only her savior, but her lover and abuser. Money runs out and she has to turn to housekeeping and babysitting to buy a ticket home. The idealized American lifestyle turns into a mirage, which Warama plods along like one tethered until her persistence pays off.