Love is Power, or Something Like That by A. Igoni Barrett

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Love is power, or something like thatTitle:  Love is Power, or Something Like That

Author: A. Igoni Barrett

Genre: Fiction (Short Stories)

Format: Paperback

Book Dimensions: 5.40 x 8.10

Number of Pages: 176

Publication Year: May 7, 2013

Publisher: Graywolf Press

ISBN: 9781555976408

Available at: Barnes & Noble,, and bookstores nationwide

Short Description: When it comes to love, things are not always what they seem. In contemporary Lagos, a young boy may pose as a woman online, and a maid may be suspected of sleeping with her employer and yet still become a young wife’s confidante. Men and women can be objects of fantasy, the subject of beery soliloquies. They can be trophies or status symbols. Or they can be overwhelming in their need.
In these wide-ranging stories, A. Igoni Barrett roams the streets with people from all stations of life. A man with acute halitosis navigates the chaos of the Lagos bus system. A minor policeman, full of the authority and corruption of his uniform, beats his wife. A family’s fortunes fall from love and wealth to infidelity and poverty as poor choices unfurl over three generations. With humor and tenderness, Barrett introduces us to an utterly modern Nigeria, where desire is a means to an end, and love is a power as real as money.

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