Jazz by Toni Morrison Publisher: Penguin Random House UK (Vintage) Release Date: 2001 Genre: Literary Fiction Format: Paperback Length: 219 Source: Bought In the winter of 1926, when everybody everywhere sees nothing but good things ahead, Joe Trace, middle-aged door-to-door salesman of Cleopatra beauty products, shoots his teenage lover to death. At the funeral, Joe’s wife, Violet, attacks the girl’s corpse. This passionate, profound story of love and obsession brings us back and forth in time, as a narrative is assembled from the emotions, hopes, fears, and deep realities of black urban life. My Thoughts First notes: Joe shot his […]
A Conspiracy Of Ravens by Othuke Ominiabohs Release Date: 2016 Genre: Crime Fiction Format: Paperback Source: Bought “Chaos most times is the perfect tool for distraction” I recall my younger sister’s first words upon reading the title of the novel. She asked if the book was about a gathering of witches—Nollywood style. If those were your first thoughts, well… you are quite off the radar. A Conspiracy of Ravens is the second novel by Othuke Ominiabohs, the first being “Odufa: A Lover’s Tale”. The novel is a crime thriller set in Nigeria and it is divided into three parts. Each part deals with events that […]
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 […]
Around January last year, I picked up this book (the first Nnedi Okorafor piece I read) after having heard good things about her book, Lagoon.
Welcome to Lagos brings together characters that would normally have nothing to do with each other and breathes life into their relationship. It follows a couple of soldiers gone AWOL, an ex-militant with a fake American accent, a runaway (battered) housewife and a girl missing her parents as they travel from Bayelsa to Lagos for various reasons.