Books Of May – Featuring Girl Power!

Hey, guys. We have successfully skipped through another 30+ days in 2017, which means it’s time to sink your teeth in new African literature. Yay!!

This month, Nigerians finally have the chance to get their hands on another book on the Bailey’s Prize shortlist, The Woman Next Door by Yewande Omotosho, without breaking the bank. I have high expectations for this book in particular because my first read by this author was a real lemon.

You can find my rant/review here.

However, I have heard great things about The Woman Next Door and I can’t wait to find out if Bomboy was an anomaly.

Have you read this book?! Did your experience match the hype?

We also have another book from Bahati Books this month. While I vowed to avoid ebooks this year, I actually deleted all my books and uninstalled my reading app in a fit of rage one night, I have made exceptions for books published by Bahati, since they only publish digitally. So far, I haven’t had cause to regret this decision.

Hopefully, there will be a review of Purple Mangoes on this blog before its release. Hopefully… In the meantime, you can learn more about these books of May below.

The Woman Next Door by Yewande Omotosho

The Woman Next Door - Yewande Omotosho

Release Date: May 2017

Hortensia James and Marion Agostino are neighbours. One is black, one white. Both are successful women with impressive careers. Both have recently been widowed. And both are sworn enemies, sharing hedge and hostility which they prune with a zeal that belies the fact that they are both over eighty.
But one day an unforeseen event forces the women together. And gradually the bickering and sniping softens into a lively debate, and from there into memories shared. But could these sparks of connection ever transform into friendship? Or is it too late to expect these two to change?
The Woman Next Door is being published by Kachifo Farafina and will be available at major bookstores in Nigeria. Stay tuned for updates.

Purple Mangoes by Olunosen Louisa Ibhaze

Purple Mangoes - Olunosen Louisa Ibaaze
Release Date: May 10, 2017
‘Purple Mangoes’ is a collection of 10 short stories on the joys, pains and mysteries of womanhood in Nigeria. With a touch of humour and sarcasm, it examines the daily experiences of women in an African context. Delving into topics ranging from witchcraft, prostitution and circumcision to love, childbirth and redemption, ‘Purple Mangoes’ offers a diversity of strong and stirring female characters.

From a young woman expressing her hopes and dreams to, and for, her unconceived child to the plight of a child bride as she endures widowhood rites after the death of her elderly husband as well as the different experiences of marital sex ‘Purple Mangoes’  is a compilation of captivating and engaging stories that will leave you wanting more.

Purple Mangoes is being published by Bahati Books and will be available for purchase on the Okada Books App.

Swimming With Fishes by Rasheda Ashanti Malcolm

Swimming With Fishes-Rasheda malcolm-Jacaranda books

Release Date: May 15, 2017

Set in rural Jamaica, Swimming With Fishes evokes the pain of a love affair between a London-born businessman and a native Jamaican and how that affair grows beyond either of their expectations. Sickle Cell Anaemia sufferer, Kat wants a baby more than life itself. When the town herbalist foretells of a man from across the ocean who will father her child, Kat’s hopes intensify into a dream that must come true.

Her encounter with Londoner Ben years later edges the prediction toward reality. Their friendship develops into an all-consuming love to which they both surrender. However unknown to Ben, Kat is a sickle-cell sufferer and unknown to Kat, Ben is already married.

Quick question: Has this feature helped you make reading decisions this year? It would be nice to know I haven’t just been talking to myself for 5 months, ya know. Let me know in the comments.

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  1. I enjoy reading your blog. I posted a comment sometimes ago asking for your email but you didn’t respond

  2. I want to read Purple Mangoes now from reading the description. My only issue is reading an e-book. I don’t have a Kindle so it takes a lot for me to decide to read a book on my phone.