Another Nigerian immigrant story told differently – in snapshot view – by Teju Cole, a 36 year old Nigerian street photographer based in New York City, US.
Teju’s narrator has got a magical kit for his storytelling: a pair of long legs for roaming the streets of Manhattan and beyond, and an avid pair of eyes for developing a sharp image of the city’s places and it’s people.
Open City has won the Hemingway Foundation/PEN Award 2012 as a distinguished first novel, the NYC Book Award for Fiction and the Rosenthal Award of the American Academy of Arts and Letters. Already it looks like there’s more to follow as it has been shortlisted for two other awards: National Book Critics Circle Award and the New York Public Young Lions Award.
Praiseworthy, Mr Cole.
You may read an excerpt of the first chapter of Open City here: http://www.nytimes.com/2011/02/27/books/review/excerpt-open-city.html?pagewanted=all