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Dec
7
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Book Release: Yejide Kilanko's There Is An Elephant In My Wardrobe

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Release date (Nigeria) by Tuuti Imprint, Kachifo: December, 2018.

 

Blurb

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There Is An Elephant In My Wardrobe, illustrated by Kayode Onimole, tells the story of young Adun who is bullied by an elephant who is supposed to be her friend and has made its home in her wardrobe.

There Is An Elephant In My Wardrobe is a heartwarming tale of courage, true friendship and self-worth. “I decided to write There Is An Elephant In My Wardrobe,” Kilanko stated, “because I think it’s crucial for us to talk to the children in our lives about their mental health. We’re living in frightening times and children are not exempt from the fear and anxiety many adults experience on a daily basis. I also chose to write this story because I've struggled with anxiety for as long as I can remember. As a child, it would have made a world of difference if I had read about a little girl who was just like me.”

 
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Dec
7
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Book Release: Bisi Adjapon's Of Women And Frogs

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Release date (Nigeria) by Farafina: December, 2018.

 

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Of Women and Frogs is the coming-of-age story of Esi, a feisty half-Nigerian girl growing up in post-colonial Ghana, with occasional visits to her maternal family in Lagos. When her curiosity about her body leads to a ginger-in-the-vagina punishment from her stepmother, Esi begins to question the hypocrisy of the adults around her who place restrictions on her just because she is a girl.

 
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Aug
2
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Book Release: Esi Edugyan's Washington Black

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Release date (UK) by Serpent's Tail: August 2, 2018.

 

Blurb

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When two English brothers take the helm of a Barbados sugar plantation, Washington Black - an eleven year-old field slave - finds himself selected as personal servant to one of these men. The eccentric Christopher 'Titch' Wilde is a naturalist, explorer, scientist, inventor and abolitionist, whose single-minded pursuit of the perfect aerial machine mystifies all around him.

Titch's idealistic plans are soon shattered and Washington finds himself in mortal danger. They escape the island together, but then then Titch disappears and Washington must make his way alone, following the promise of freedom further than he ever dreamed possible.

From the blistering cane fields of Barbados to the icy wastes of the Canadian Arctic, from the mud-drowned streets of London to the eerie deserts of Morocco, Washington Black teems with all the strangeness and mystery of life. Inspired by a true story, Washington Black is the extraordinary tale of a world destroyed and made whole again.

 
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Jul
12
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Book Release: Michael Donkor's Hold

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Release date (UK) by 4th Estate (UK): July 12, 2018.

 

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Belinda knows how to follow the rules. As a housegirl, she has learnt the right way to polish water glasses, to wash and fold a hundred handkerchiefs, and to keep a tight lid on memories of the village she left behind when she came to Kumasi.

Mary is still learning the rules. Eleven-years old and irrepressible, the young housegirl-in-training is the little sister Belinda never had.

Amma has had enough of the rules. A straight-A pupil at her exclusive South-London school, she has always been the pride of her Ghanaian parents. Until now. Watching their once-confident teenager grow sullen and wayward, they decide that sensible Belinda might be just the shining example Amma needs.

So Belinda is summoned from Ghana to London, and must leave Mary to befriend a troubled girl who shows no desire for her friendship. She encounters a city as bewildering as it is thrilling, and tries to impose order on her unsettling new world.

As the Brixton summer turns to Autumn, Belinda and Amma are surprised to discover the beginnings of an unexpected kinship. But when the cracks in their defences open up, the secrets they have both been holding tightly threaten to seep out.

Read here on why three literary enthusiasts shared this book as their pick on our list of most anticipated 2018 reads.

 
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Jul
2
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Book Release: Leila Aboulela's Elsewhere, Home

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Release date (UK) by Saqi Books: July 2, 2018.

 

Blurb

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A lonely housewife fascinated with a famous writer learns to find her own voice in Abu Dhabi; a bus route passing the Christmas lights along Oxford Street is a stark reminder for a female passenger of her brother s tragic death on the eve of his wedding; and a Scottish man working in a kebab shop and his girlfriend try desperately to reconcile Islam's place in their fragile relationship.

From the heat of Khartoum at the height of summer to the wintery streets of London, from the concrete high rises in the Gulf to the blustery coast in Aberdeen, this elegant and moving collection vividly evokes the overlapping worlds of Africa, Britain and the Middle East. Beautifully observed and written with empathy, Leila Aboulela's stories deftly capture the search for home in our fast-changing world.

Praise

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Elsewhere, Home is a rich and poignant reflection of a Britain built as ever from multiple perspectives and starting points. Fragile, curious, human voices blend, lose themselves, redefine themselves. The emigrant and immigrant experiences have always been part of our storytelling; these beautifully focused tales of Khartoum, Edinburgh, London, Cairo and beyond are a delight.

A.L. Kennedy

 
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Exquisite fiction. There are gems here, elegantly cut, polished and framed. Luminous.

Fadia Faqir

 
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Jun
5
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Book Release: Yrsa Daley-Ward's The Terrible

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Release date (UK) by Penguin Random House: June 5, 2018.

 

Blurb

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From the celebrated poet behind bone, a lyrical memoir—part prose, part verse—about coming-of-age, uncovering the cruelty and beauty of the wider world, and redemption through self-discovery and the bonds of family.

“You may not run away from the thing that you are because it comes and comes and comes as sure as you breathe.”

This is the story of Yrsa Daley-Ward, and all the things that happened—“even the terrible things. And God, there were terrible things.” It’s about her childhood in the northwest of England with her beautiful, careworn mother Marcia; the man formerly known as Dad (half fun, half frightening); and her little brother Roo, who sees things written in the stars.

It’s also about the surreal magic of adolescence, about growing up and discovering the power and fear of sexuality, about pitch-gray days of pills and powder and connection. It’s about damage and pain, but also joy. Told with raw intensity and shocking honesty, The Terrible is a memoir of going under, losing yourself, and finding your voice.

Praise

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Profoundly beautiful...[Daley-Ward] interweaves verse and prose to great effect, offering less a simple retelling of her life, and more of an impression of it, a sense of how it must feel to live it. Much of what Daley-Ward recounts of her childhood is devastating...and she has a unique ability to tell these parts of her life with an unflinching intensity, the kind that sears itself onto your skin; and yet this is not a story without hope or love.

Nylon (Great Books To Read This Summer)

 
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[Yrsa Daley-Ward] makes the emotional brutality of dealing with family, adolescence, addiction, and sexuality accessible to her readers...She continually incorporates gut-wrenching imagery in her work, and in both bone and The Terrible, she packages heightened emotion into just one or two lines.

Ploughshares

 
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May
21
9:00 AM09:00

Book Release: Akwaeke Emezi's Freshwater (Nigeria)

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Release date (Nigeria) by Farafina: May, 2018.

 

Blurb

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An extraordinary debut novel, Freshwater explores the surreal experience of having a fractured self. It centers around a young Nigerian woman, Ada, who develops separate selves within her as a result of being born “with one foot on the other side.” Unsettling, heart-wrenching, dark, and powerful, Freshwater is a sharp evocation of a rare way of experiencing the world, one that illuminates how we all construct our identities.

Ada begins her life in the south of Nigeria as a troubled baby and a source of deep concern to her family. Her parents, Saul and Saachi, successfully prayed her into existence, but as she grows into a volatile and splintered child, it becomes clear that something went terribly awry. When Ada comes of age and moves to America for college, the group of selves within her grows in power and agency. A traumatic assault leads to a crystallization of her alternate selves: Asughara and Saint Vincent. As Ada fades into the background of her own mind and these selves—now protective, now hedonistic—take control, Ada’s life spirals in a dark and dangerous direction.

Told from the perspective of the various selves within Ada, and closely based on the author’s own personal experiences, Freshwater explores the metaphysics of identity and mental health, plunging the reader into the mystery of being and self. Freshwater dazzles with ferocious energy and serpentine grace, heralding the arrival of a fierce new literary voice.

Praise

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Freshwater is one of those dazzling novels that defies these kinds of descriptions. We can gesture to the story—set in Nigeria and America, told by all the selves of its Tamil/Igbo protagonist—but such synthesis fails to convey the magic that awaits its reader. At once fiction and memoir, potent in its spiritual richness and sexual frankness, the text seems not to have been written by but channeled through its brilliant author.

Taiye Selasi, author of Ghana Must Go

 
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...Never before have I read a novel like it—one that speaks to the unification and separation of bodies and souls, the powers or lack thereof of gods and humans, and the long and arduous journey to claiming our many selves, or to setting our many selves free.

Chinelo Okparanta, author of Under The Udala Trees

Read here why this book topped our list of most anticipated 2018 reads.

 
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May
8
9:00 AM09:00

Book Release: The Hundred Wells Of Salaga

Image: Cassava Republic Press.

Image: Cassava Republic Press.

 

Release date (UK) by Cassava Republic Press (UK): May 8, 2018.

 

Blurb

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Aminah lives an idyllic life until she is brutally separated from her home and forced on a journey that turns her from a daydreamer into a resilient woman. Wurche, the willful daughter of a chief, is desperate to play an important role in her father's court. These two women's lives converge as infighting among Wurche's people threatens the region, during the height of the slave trade at the end of the 19th century. Set in pre-colonial Ghana, The Hundred Wells Of Salaga is a story of courage, forgiveness, love and freedom. Through the experiences of Aminah and Wurche, it offers a remarkable view of slavery and how the scramble for Africa affected the lives of everyday people.

 
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Apr
30
9:00 AM09:00

Book Release: Yejide Kilanko's Chasing Butterflies

 

Release date (UK) by Quramo Publishing (Nigeria): April, 2018.

 

Blurb

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Titilope Ojo left Nigeria for the United States over a decade ago, but her mother’s words remain fresh in her mind. She is married to Tomide, a handsome and charismatic man who she is afraid of. She spends each day anticipating his moods and lives in fear of offending him. She takes great care to try and love him just the way he wants, but will it ever be enough? As her life continues to spiral out of control, Titilope finds herself alone at a crossroad where she must choose between duty and survival.

Read an exclusive excerpt on our website here.

In Chasing Butterflies, Yejide Kilanko creates a detailed and moving portrait of a difficult and harrowing marriage. She uses crystal-clear prose to demonstrate the points of view of both parties and the little child caught in the crossfire of parents who are struggling to be heard and appreciated in their partnership.

 
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Apr
26
9:00 AM09:00

Book Release: She Called Me Woman

Image: Cassava Republic Press.

Image: Cassava Republic Press.

 

Release date (UK) by Cassava Republic Press (UK): April 26, 2018.

 

Blurb

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This stirring and intimate collection brings together 25 unique narratives to paint a vivid portrait of what it means to be a queer Nigerian woman. Covering an array of experiences - the joy and excitement of first love, the agony of lost love and betrayal, the sometimes-fraught relationship between sexuality and spirituality, addiction and suicide, childhood games and laughter - She Called Me Woman sheds light on how Nigerian queer women, despite their differences, attempt to build a life together in a climate of fear.

Through first-hand accounts, She Called Me Woman challenges us to rethink what it means to be a Nigerian ‘woman’, negotiating relationships, money, sexuality and freedom, identifying outside the gender binary, and the difficulties of achieving hopes and dreams under the constraints of societal expectations and legal terrorism.

She Called Me Woman is full of beautifully told stories of resistance and resilience, joy and laughter, heartbreaks and victories, collecting the realities of a community that will no longer be invisible.

 
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Mar
26
9:00 AM09:00

Book Release: Okorafor's Sunny And The Mysteries Of Osisi

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Release date (Nigeria/UK) by Cassava Republic: March, 2018.

 

Blurb

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Sunny Nwazue is back in this gripping sequel to Nnedi Okorafor's What Sunny Saw In The Flames. Sunny has settled into life at the Leopard Society, with friends Orlu, Chichi and Sasha. Her magic powers continue to grow under the tutelage of her mentor Sugar Cream, as Sunny studies her strange Nsidi book and begins to understand her spirit face, Anyanwu. But Sunny cannot escape from her destiny, and she soon finds she must travel to the shadowy town of Osisi. The journey is fraught with danger, taking Sunny through unseen worlds, and awaiting her is a battle to determine humanity's fate. Sunny And The Mysteries Of Osisi is a compelling tale combining culture, fantasy, history and magic.

Praise

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"Sunny as a character is beautiful, strong, and resilient, and her host of friends and allies are well-drawn and compelling, adding to the magic of the story. Okorafor's novel will ensnare readers and keep them turning pages until the very end to see if and how Sunny fulfills the tremendous destiny that awaits her."

Booklist (Starred Review)

 
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Mar
8
10:00 AM10:00

Book Release: Adeyemi's Children of Blood And Bone

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Release date (US/UK) by MacMillian Children's Books: March 8, 2018.

 

Blurb

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Zélie remembers when the soil of Orïsha hummed with magic. When different clans ruled - Burner's igniting flames, Tider's beckoning waves, and Zélie’s Reaper mother summoning forth souls.

But everything changed the night magic disappeared. Under the orders of a ruthless king, anyone with powers was targeted and killed, leaving Zélie without a mother and her people without hope. Only a few people remain with the power to use magic, and they must remain hidden.

Zélie is one such person. Now she has a chance to bring back magic to her people and strike against the monarchy. With the help of a rogue princess, Zélie must learn to harness her powers and outrun the crown prince, who is hell-bent on eradicating magic for good.

Danger lurks in Orïsha, where strange creatures prowl, and vengeful spirits wait in the waters. Yet the greatest danger may be Zélie herself as she struggles to come to terms with the strength of her magic - and her growing feelings for an enemy.

Praise

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Adeyemi keeps it fresh with an all-black cast of characters, a meaningful emphasis on fighting for justice, a complex heroine saving her own people, and a brand of magic made more powerful by the strength of heritage and ancestry. Perfect for fans of the expansive fantasy worlds of Leigh Bardugo, Daniel Jose Older, and Sabaa Tahir."

Booklist (Starred Review)

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Adeyemi's devastating debut is a brutal, beautiful tale of revolution, faith, and star-crossed love."

Publishers Weekly (Starred Review)

 
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Feb
13
10:00 AM10:00

Book Release: Akwaeke Emezi's Freshwater

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Release date (US) by Grove Atlantic: February 13, 2018.

Release date (Nigeria) by Farafina: May, 2018.

Release date (UK) by Faber & Faber: November, 2018.

 

Blurb

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An extraordinary debut novel, Freshwater explores the surreal experience of having a fractured self. It centers around a young Nigerian woman, Ada, who develops separate selves within her as a result of being born “with one foot on the other side.” Unsettling, heart-wrenching, dark, and powerful, Freshwater is a sharp evocation of a rare way of experiencing the world, one that illuminates how we all construct our identities.

Ada begins her life in the south of Nigeria as a troubled baby and a source of deep concern to her family. Her parents, Saul and Saachi, successfully prayed her into existence, but as she grows into a volatile and splintered child, it becomes clear that something went terribly awry. When Ada comes of age and moves to America for college, the group of selves within her grows in power and agency. A traumatic assault leads to a crystallization of her alternate selves: Asughara and Saint Vincent. As Ada fades into the background of her own mind and these selves—now protective, now hedonistic—take control, Ada’s life spirals in a dark and dangerous direction.

Told from the perspective of the various selves within Ada, and closely based on the author’s own personal experiences, Freshwater explores the metaphysics of identity and mental health, plunging the reader into the mystery of being and self. Freshwater dazzles with ferocious energy and serpentine grace, heralding the arrival of a fierce new literary voice.

Praise

"

Freshwater is one of those dazzling novels that defies these kinds of descriptions. We can gesture to the story—set in Nigeria and America, told by all the selves of its Tamil/Igbo protagonist—but such synthesis fails to convey the magic that awaits its reader. At once fiction and memoir, potent in its spiritual richness and sexual frankness, the text seems not to have been written by but channeled through its brilliant author.

Taiye Selasi, author of Ghana Must Go

 
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...Never before have I read a novel like it—one that speaks to the unification and separation of bodies and souls, the powers or lack thereof of gods and humans, and the long and arduous journey to claiming our many selves, or to setting our many selves free.

Chinelo Okparanta, author of Under The Udala Trees

Read here why this book topped our list of most anticipated 2018 reads.

 
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Feb
3
10:30 AM10:30

Book Release: Buchi Emecheta's Titles

 

The release of the new covers of Buchi Emecheta's books will be in two phases - first six on February 3, 2018 and second six in July, 2018.

Titles dues for release in Febraury by *Omenala Press:

In the Ditch

The Bride Price

The Slave Girl

Head Above Water

Double Yoke

The Rape of Shavi

 

About Buchi

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Buchi Emecheta was a prolific writer and in a career spanning 30 years published 16 novels, three children’s stories, numerous articles and television plays. She was also an academic, well known on the lecture circuits of Europe and America for her strong and sometimes idiosyncratic views on feminism and womanhood.

The Nigerian novelist, Buchi Emecheta was born in Lagos in 1944. She was an orphan by the age of 11, and if not for the scholarship she won to a Methodist boarding school might never have escaped her background of poverty and deprivation. At 16, she was married with her first child and in 1960, while carrying her second, her husband left for the UK to find work. Buchi followed a year later and the young family set up home in a run down district of North London. The marriage failed as a result of domestic violence and the stresses of living in an unwelcoming environment. By age 22, Buchi was a single mother raising five small children in slum dwellings in a foreign land.

How she held a full time job, studied in the evenings for a Sociology degree and transformed herself into a novelist, formed the subject of her first two published novels – In the Ditch (1972) and Second Class Citizen (1974), both gruelling indictments of the racism and sexism endemic in British culture at that time. Most of Buchi Emecheta’s novels are semi autobiographical. Even in her African tales – The Bride Price (1976), The Slave Girl (1977) and The Joys of Motherhood (1979), one hears echoes not just of her remembered life as a child in Lagos and Ibusa, but of her parent’s and grandparent’s lives as passed down to her in the form of stories.

In 1982, she wrote Destination Biafra, the first female account of the Nigerian civil war, though in later years she eschewed memory and in works like Gwendolen (1989), Kehinde (1994) and The New Tribe (2000), began to explore the experience of life within the African diaspora and the problematic nature of returning home.

Buchi Emecheta died in London in January 2017 at the age of 72.

Sylvester Onwordi, 2017

Find Buchi's list of bibliography here.

A fuller biography on The New York Times here.

 
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Jan
16
10:00 AM10:00

Book Release: Okorafor's Binti: The Night Masquerade

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Release date (US/UK) by Tor: January 16, 2018.

 

Blurb

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The concluding part of the highly-acclaimed science fiction trilogy that began with Nnedi Okorafor's Hugo- and Nebula Award-winning BINTI.

Binti has returned to her home planet, believing that the violence of the Meduse has been left behind. Unfortunately, although her people are peaceful on the whole, the same cannot be said for the Khoush, who fan the flames of their ancient rivalry with the Meduse.

Far from her village when the conflicts start, Binti hurries home, but anger and resentment has already claimed the lives of many close to her.

Once again it is up to Binti, and her intriguing new friend Mwinyi, to intervene — though the elders of her people do not entirely trust her motives — and try to prevent a war that could wipe out her people, once and for all.

Praise

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Nnedi Okorafor writes glorious futures and fabulous fantasies. Her worlds open your mind to new things, always rooted in the red clay of reality. Prepare to fall in love with Binti.

Neil Gaiman, New York Times bestselling author of American Gods

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The prose is vivid and unadorned, the pacing strong, and the novella as a whole, deeply compelling. I enjoyed it. I hope Okorafor writes more.

Locus

 
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