The Girl Who Smiled Beads by Clemantine Wamariya (with Elizabeth Weil)

The Girl Who Smiled Beads by Clemantine Wamariya and Elizabeth Weil Published by: Windmill Books Release Date: 2019 Genre: Nonfiction; Memoir Format: Paperback Length: 265 Source: Review Copy When Clemantine Wamariya was six years old, her world was torn apart. She didn’t know why her parents began talking in whispers, or why her neighbours started disappearing, or why she could hear distant thunder even when the skies were clear. As the Rwandan civil war raged, Clemantine and her sister Claire were forced to flee their home. They ran for hours, then walked for days, not towards anything, just away. they sought […]

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Ordinary People by Diana Evans

Ordinary People by Diana Evans Published by: Penguin RandomHouse UK Release Date: 2019 Genre: Literary Fiction Format: Paperback Length: 326 Source: Bought Two couples find themselves at a moment of reckoning. Melissa has a new baby and doesn’t want to let it change her. Damian has lost his father and intends not to let it get to him. Michael is still in love with Melissa but can’t quite get close enough to her to stay faithful. Stephanie just wants to live a normal, happy life on the commuter belt with Damian and their three children but his bereavement is getting in […]

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Queenie by Candice Carty-Williams

Queenie by Candice Carty-Williams Narrated by: Shvorne Marks Publisher: Simon & Schuster Release Date: March 2019 Genre: Contemporary Fiction Format: Audiobook Length: 9 hrs 45 mins Source: Bought Find It: Audible Queenie Jenkins can’t cut a break. Well, apart from one from her long-term boyfriend, Tom. That’s just a break, though. Definitely not a breakup. Stuck between a boss who doesn’t seem to see her and a family who don’t seem to listen (if it’s not Jesus or water rates, they’re not interested) and trying to fit in two worlds that don’t really understand her, it’s no wonder she’s struggling. […]

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Patsy by Nicole Dennis-Benn

Patsy by Nicole Dennis-Benn Published by: One World Publications Release Date: July 2019 Genre: Literary Fiction Format: Paperback Length: 419 Source: Publisher (Review Copy) For Patsy, a visa to America is her ticket to freedom, a passport to the ‘land of opportunity’. She yearns to be reunited with Cicely, her oldest friend and secret lover, but her plans do not include her religious mother or even her young daughter, Tru. As Patsy struggles to survive as an undocumented migrant, Tru grapples with her own questions of identity and sexuality. Can she ever understand, or even forgive, her mother’s decision to leave? Dancing between […]

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Travellers by Helon Habila

Travellers by Helon Habila Published by: Hamish Hamilton (Penguin Random House UK) Release Date: June 2019 Genre: Literary Fiction Format: Paperback Length: 295 Source: Publisher (Review Copy) Modern Europe is a melting pot of migrating souls: among them a Nigerian American couple on a prestigious arts fellowship, a transgender film student seeking the freedom of authenticity, a Libyan doctor who lost his wife and child in the waters of the Mediterranean, and a Somalian shopkeeper trying to save his young daughter from forced marriage. And, though the divide between the self-chosen exiles and those who are forced to leave home may feel solid, in reality […]

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Impostor Alert by Uduak Akpabio Umoren

Impostor Alert by Uduak Akpabio Umoren Published by: Narrative Landscape Press Release Date: 2018 Genre: Crime Fiction Format: Paperback Length: 267 Source: Author (Review Copy) Two women meet on a bus heading for Lagos – one to continue her poor-paying job as a prostitute, and the other to visit a long-distance boyfriend. Both women discover that they share an uncanny resemblance and become fast friends. But before the end of that day, there will be a fatal crash. One woman will die and the other – following a case of mistaken identity – will impersonate her. Gently navigating the chasm […]

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Gingerbread by Helen Oyeyemi

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Gingerbread by Helen Oyeyemi Published by: Picador(Pan Macmillan) Release Date: March 2019 Genre: Fantasy Format: Paperback Length: 290 Source: Publisher (Review Copy) Perdita Lee may appear your average British schoolgirl; Harriet Lee may seem just a working mother trying to penetrate the school social hierarchy; but there are signs that they might not be as normal as they think they are. For one thing, they share a gold-painted, seventh-floor flat with some surprisingly verbal vegetation. And then there’s the gingerbread they make. Londoners may find themselves able to take or leave it, but it’s very popular in Druhástrana, the far-away (and, according […]

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Black Leopard, Red Wolf by Marlon James

Black Leopard, Red Wolf (The Dark Star Trilogy #1) by Marlon James Published by: Narrative Landscape Release Date: April 2019 Genre: Fantasy Format: Paperback Length: 620 Source: Publisher (Review Copy) Tracker is known far and wide for his skills as a hunter: “He has a nose,” people say. Engaged to track down a mysterious boy who disappeared three years earlier, Tracker breaks his own rule of always working alone when he finds himself part of a group that comes together to search for the boy. The band is a hodgepodge, full of unusual characters with secrets of their own, including a shape-shifting man-animal […]

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