Hey guys, Welcome To April!!
It’s time to introduce you to exciting new releases by African Authors. This month is kinda special to me because both of the books on this list have been on my mind since 2016 and I am so excited that I’ll get to smell at least one of them before the month ends. Yipee!!
The books of April are both by Nigerian Women, both debuts, and both by brilliant writers. I have read most of Stay With Me by Ayobami Adebayo already if you consider listening to it reading.
I know, but I was so curious I couldn’t wait anymore and I definitely wasn’t going to read an ebook… So, yeah. It’s been getting rave reviews all over the place and was just shortlisted for the 2017 Bailey’s Women’s Prize.
Also, despite the terrible impression of a Nigerian accent by the narrator of the audiobook, I’m enjoying the book a lot. Ayobami Adebayo writes so beautifully and is unapologetically Yoruba, I kinda feel bad for nonnatives reading this book. There is so much that could be lost in translation, even though the book is written in English. 🙂 Needless to say, I highly recommend this book.
I read What It Means When A Man Falls From The Sky last year. It was… unusual. Enough to make me google the author and follow her on Twitter which is something of an experience in itself.
You can also read the story here. I don’t know if this book will get to Nigeria, it would probably be ridiculously expensive if it did. I’m not holding my breath.
Stay With Me by Ayobami Adebayo
Release Date: April 17, 2017.
Yejide is hoping for a miracle, for a child. It is all her husband wants, all her mother-in-law wants, and she has tried everything – arduous pilgrimages, medical consultations, dances with prophets, appeals to God.
But when her in-laws insist upon a new wife, it is too much for Yejide to bear. It will lead to jealousy, betrayal and despair. Unravelling against the social and political turbulence of 80s Nigeria, Stay With Me sings with the voices, colours, joys and fears of its surroundings.
Ayobami Adebayo weaves a devastating story of the fragility of married love, the undoing of family, the wretchedness of grief, and the all-consuming bonds of motherhood.
Stay With Me is a tale about our desperate attempts to save ourselves and those we love from heartbreak.
Stay With Me will be published by Ouida Books in Nigeria and I believe it should be available at major bookstores from April 17th. Feel free to stalk me across social media for updates.
What It Means When A Man Falls From The Sky: Stories by Lesley Nneka Arimah
Release Date: April 4, 2017
Named one of the most anticipated books of 2017 by Buzzfeed, Time Magazine, Elle, the Chicago Tribune, the Boston Globe, the Millions, Nylon, the Minneapolis Star-Tribune and Electric Literature.
A dazzlingly accomplished debut collection explores the ties that bind parents and children, husbands and wives, lovers and friends to one another and to the places they call home.
“Who Will Greet You at Home,” a National Magazine Award finalist for The New Yorker, tells the story of a woman who, desperate for a child, weaves one out of hair, with unsettling results. In “Wild,” a disastrous night out shifts a teenager and her Nigerian cousin onto the uneasy common ground. “The Future Looks Good,” is a story of three generations of women who are haunted by the ghosts of war, while in “Light,” a father struggles to protect and empower the daughter he loves.
In the title story, the world ravaged by flood and riven by class. Experts have discovered how to “fix the equation of a person” – with rippling, unforeseen repercussions.
Evocative, playful, subversive, and incredibly human, What It Means When a Man Falls from the Sky heralds the arrival of a prodigious talent with a remarkable career ahead of her.
*Update: Farafina books will be publishing “What It Means When A Man Falls From The Sky” sometime in the near future. Hurray!!!
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