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The Asadi Club in Nairobi is a place where members have blended the nicest qualities of both native and colonial cultures into a modern milieu echoing gentler days. Third-generation member Mr. Malik is an honest, unassuming man, with a witty little subversive streak that could get him killed by Kenya's notoriously corrupt government officials. But Mr. Malik has larger concerns than his safety. He has fallen for the leader of his Tuesday morning birdwatching walks, the lovely Rose Mbikwa.
Rose is unaware of Mr. Malik's feelings but cannot help noticing the handsome, brash Harry Kahn, a former schoolyard nemesis of Malik's who has returned just in time to squelch Malik's plan to ask Rose to the annual Hunt Club Ball. The dilemma? Asadi Club members are firm: only one man may ask Rose to the dance; for both to do so would put a lady in an awkward position, and that won't do.
What ensues is a bird-logging competition for the right to invite Rose to the ball. But the brilliance of this little gem of a book is its quiet humor, marvelous narration, and tender faith in humanity. Readers may laugh in places and feel their hearts jump in others, but without a doubt, they'll smile all the way through this charming novel, as delicate and lovely as the East African birds themselves. (Holiday 2008 Selection)