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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
“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 […]
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 […]
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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…