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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 – […]
Stay With Me by Ayobami Adebayo Publisher: Canongate Books Release Date: March 2017 Format: Audiobook Length: 8 hrs 5 mins Source: Bought Find It: Audible Yejide is hoping for a miracle, for a child. It is all her husband wants, all her mother-in-law wants, and she has tried everything – arduous pilgrimages, medical consultations, appeals to God. But when her relatives insist upon a new wife, it is too much for Yejide to bear. It will lead to jealousy, betrayal and despair. Unravelling against the social and political turbulence of 1980s Nigeria, Stay With Me sings with the voices, colours, joys and fears of […]
The Night Dancer by Chika Unigwe is a story about self-discovery, anger, betrayal and forgiveness. The novel is divided into three parts which explore the lives of Mma, Ezi, Mike and Rapu. The story focuses on a young lady, Mma, whose mother died leaving her with loads of unanswered questions, buried resentment and anger towards her mother’s perceived negligence and failure.
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 […]
The Wrestling Match by Buchi Emecheta Published by: Masquerade Books Date of Publication: 1980 Genre: Fiction Pages: 74 Source: Bought My Thoughts “The men in the compound helped Okei to dress up. He only wore a plain pair of shorts and a pair of colourful plimsolls to match. But on top of this, he had several charms slung around his neck. One of them was made with crocodile teeth, to prevent him from becoming breathless. Another was from nut kernels, to harden him like nuts which are hard to crack. His face had to be washed with waters mixed with many herbs […]