You might think it’s too soon for the best books of 2017 list until you consider that the year is halfway gone already. Just like that. A lot of amazing things have happened this year, around and outside this blog and reading. I could write an epistle about that and maybe I will eventually. For now, I thought I’d share the books that have my reading this year magic. Longthroat Memoirs by Yemisi Aribisala 5 months after I finished reading this book, I haven’t recovered from the experience. It would be a great disservice to say this book is about […]
The Woman Next Door by Yewande Omotoso Publisher: Kachifo Farafina Release Date: May 2017 Genre: Literary Fiction Format: Paperback Length: 278 Source: Bought Find It: Jumia 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 and pruning both with a vim and zeal that belies the fact that they are over eighty. But one day an unforeseen event forces the women together. And gradually the bickering and sniping softens into lively debate, and from there into memories shared. But could these […]
The Fishermen by Chigozie Obioma Publisher: Cassava Republic Press Release Date: December 2015 Genre: Literary Fiction Format: Paperback Length: 301 Source: Bought Find It: Jumia Nine-year-old Benjamin is the youngest of four brothers. They live in the rocky hills of Akure. When their civil servant father transfers to another town. The boys begin misbehaving: smashing windows, severing chicken heads and playing truant to follow M.K.O Abiola’s campaign trail. For six weeks they take to fishing in the forbidden Omi-Ala river. There they run into Abulu, a filthy yet visionary madman whose pronouncement of the murder of the eldest boy, Ikenna places a dark and fearful cloud over the brothers. […]
Easy Motion Tourist goes into the Lagos many of us refuse to acknowledge, even as we move through it every day. This Lagos is cutthroat, hungry, enterprising and dangerous. When we join this story, things are shaky at best. The tension is high, everyone is on edge and all it takes is a single impulsive act of violence to blow everything up. Then comes in Guy Collins, a guy who has no business being in Lagos but has something to prove to himself. Not only did he volunteer to travel down to Nigeria to cover the elections, despite his […]
And After Many Days by Johwor Ile Published by: Kachifo Farafina Date of Publication: 2016 Genre: Fiction Pages: 287 Source: Bought Get the book Blurb And After Many Days is a novel of childhood, of the delicate complex balance of power and love between siblings; the unique ecosystem of a family. It is also a portrait of a society, as the old world gives way to a new status quo. A novel of quiet, devastating force, And After Many Days holds at its centre a profound story of life, loss and becoming. My Thoughts “When misfortune befalls you, people secretly blame you… People can’t help it. They […]
Foreign Gods Inc. tells a story fueled by desperation, ignorance, selfishness and some idiocy. After years of underemployment and living carelessly, Ikechukwu Uzondu is ready to do anything to get rich quick. He gets the bright idea to steal and sell Ngene, the god of his village to American collectors.
This is my second book by Nnedi Okorafor, and I’m beginning to sense a theme in her work. Binti is a bit of an oddball within and outside her community.
Ihuoma, a beautiful young widow of exemplary character… These words make up the first sentence in the synopsis of this book and I found myself going back to it at each display of Ihuoma’s “exemplary” character.