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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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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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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Under The Udala Trees by Chinelo Okaparanta

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Disclaimer: I completed this review more than a year later and it’s very likely I may have forgotten specific events in “Under The Udala Trees”. However, my overall feeling and thoughts on the novel as when I read the book remain the same. … Under The Udala Trees by Chinelo Okaparanta Publisher: Kachifo Farafina Release Date: 2016 Genre: Literary Fiction Format: Paperback Length: 374 Source: Bought Find It: Kachifo Ijeoma comes of age as her nation does; born before independence, she is eleven when civil war breaks out in the young republic of Nigeria. Sent away to safety, she meets another displaced child and they, […]

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Book Review – The New Tribe

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“The grass isn’t always greener on the other side”. This would make a nice tagline for The New Tribe. That or Just live your life, man! The New Tribe begins when a young couple, Arthur and Ginny Arlington decide to adopt 2 babies Julia and Chester. The story revolves mainly around Chester, the African boy being raised by White clerics in a small white town. Considering that his is the only black face in town, Chester’s childhood could be described as a walk in the park. At least when compared to the stories we’ve heard of similar experiences. However, relative comfort isn’t enough to […]

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Book Review – Chasing Butterflies

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Chasing Butterflies gives a look into the dynamics of a toxic and abusive marriage. We meet Titilope and Tomide as they ‘celebrate’ their wedding anniversary – in quotes because Titi spends most of the time wishing for a better reality. Things quickly go downhill from there and the story soon begins to read like a manual for getting out of an abusive relationship (not soon enough) while resisting societal pressures that’ll try to convince the victim to that they’re crazy/wicked/selfish for finding the exit. In typical Yejide Kilanko style, Chasing Butterflies isn’t just a story for the sake of one, it […]

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Book Review – When We Speak Of Nothing

When We Speak Of Nothing is a coming of age story about Karl, a transgender male who on top of having to deal with the constant bullying and discrimination which comes along with being different, has to take care of a mum so ill he needs a state-appointed guardian to look after him and had practically been adopted by Abu’s family. This is a pretty rough deal for anyone but Karl has Abu who more than anything is incredibly loyal to Karl and their friendship. Life isn’t perfect but there’s a co-operation between Karl and Abu. They get each other, work […]

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Book Review – Ghana Must Go

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Ghana Must Go by Taiye Selasi Publisher: Penguin Books Release Date: January 2nd, 2014 Genre: Literary Fiction Format: Paperback Length: 318 Source: Bought Find It: Jumia Meet the Sais, a Nigerian-Ghanaian family living in the United States. A family prospering until the day father and surgeon Kweku Sai is victim of a grave injustice. Ashamed, he abandons his beautiful wife Fola and their little boys and girls, causing the family to fracture and spiral out into the world – New York, London, West Africa, New England – on uncertain, troubled journeys until, many years later, tragedy unites them. Now this broken family has a chance to heal – […]

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