Blurb For every woman who has ever fantasized about driving past her exit on the highway instead of going home to make dinner, for every woman who has ever dreamed of boarding a train to a place where no one needs constant attention–meet Maribeth Klein, a harried working mother who’s so busy taking care of her husband and twins, she doesn’t even realize she’s had a heart attack.
Blurb Three very different men struggle with thoughts of belonging, loss, identity and love as they attempt to find a place for themselves in Britain. The Maestro, a depressed, quixotic character, sinks out of the real world into the fantastic world of literature. The Magistrate tries to create new memories and roots, fusing a wandering exploration of Edinburgh with music. The Mathematician, full of youth, follows a carefree, hedonistic lifestyle, until their three universes collide. In this carefully crafted, multi-layered novel, Tendai Huchu, critically acclaimed author of The Hairdresser of Harare, with his inimitable humour, reveals much about the Zimbabwe […]
This novel is a collection of 3 short stories and 2 novellas set in different African Countries. I chose to read all the short stories first, rather than in the prescribed order and this may have influenced my inability to complete this book. I’ll explain…
This abridged version of Ake was created for children and I remember reading this story in primary school. Don’t ask me why i decided to buy this book again… Okay, the cover made me do it.
I have learnt a lot about the African Literary Scene in the last 4 months since I started this blog.
Publisher’s Summary Spirited and intelligent, Morayo grows up surrounded by school friends and family in Ibadan. There is Eniayo, her adoring little sister – for whose sake their middle-class parents fight stigmatizing superstition – and a large extended family of cousins and aunts who sometimes make Morayo’s home their own. A shameful secret forced upon her by Bros T, her cousin, thrusts Morayo into a web of oppressive silence woven by the adults around her. Morayo must learn to fiercely protect herself and her sister as young women growing up in a complex and politically charged country. My Thoughts This […]
There Was A Country: A personal history of Biafra by Chinua Achebe Published by: Allen Lane – The Penguin Group Year of Publication: 2012 Genre: Non-Fiction; Memoir Pages: 319 Source: Bought Publisher’s Summary The defining experience of Chinua Achebe’s life was the Nigerian civil war, also known as the Biafran War. For more than forty years Achebe was silent on those terrible years, until he produced this towering reckoning with one of modern Africa’s most fateful events. A marriage of history, remembrance, poetry and vivid first-hand observation, There Was a Country is a work of wisdom and compassion from one of the great voices of […]
The JJC Handbook: Adapting to the United Kingdom With Ease by Valerie Kerri Published by: Author Year of Publication: 2016 Genre: Non-Fiction; Guidebook Pages: 66 Source: Bought Publisher’s Summary The ‘JJC handbook’ is a collection of helpful advice gathered over time by Valerie Kerri, after she moved to the United Kingdom. With simple and easily adaptable steps, this book is invaluable to migrants from any country. My Thoughts If you are like most young Nigerians, you most likely have aspirations of getting educated outside the country. Or just a desire to emigrate in search of greener pastures. Some of you have even, whether passively or […]