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Title: Dappled Things
Author: Iweka Kingsley
Book Dimension: 5 x 8
Number of Pages: 148
Publication Year: September, 2013
Publisher: Partridge Publishing (Subsidiary of Penguin), India
Available at: Online at jumia.com and in bookstores at Patabah Bookstore, Adeniran Ogunsanya Shopping Mall (Shoprite), Surulere, Lagos & Literary Café, 1st Floor, E-Centre (Ozone Cinemas), Commercial Avenue, Yaba, Lagos.
Short Description: Brian paused here, but the priest remained silent, so he continued. “You see father. I turned out a monster just like my father did. Now, I will die just like he did.”
“The above line perhaps captures the ethos of Kingsley’s tale – one of a vicious cycle; as much of the family that he writes about as of the country in which they live. The words betray the tentativeness of a new writer, but that seeming uncertainty gives this work much of its power – as it tell a story with many contours; leaving you with a range of emotions from grief to love. You leave this book however with faith and with hope.