A Particular Kind of Black Man by Tope Folarin

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Title: A Particular Kind of Black Man

Author: Tope Folarin

Genre: Fiction

Format: Paperback

Book Dimension: N/A

Number of Pages: 272

Publication Year: August 6, 2019

Publisher:  Simon & Schuster

ISBN: 9781501171819

Available at: Amazon Stores, Simon & Schuster

Short Description: Living in small-town Utah has always been an uneasy fit for Tunde Akinola’s family, especially for his Nigeria-born parents. Though Tunde speaks English with a Midwestern accent, he can’t escape the children who rub his skin and ask why the black won’t come off. As he struggles to fit in and find his place in the world, he finds little solace from his parents who are grappling with their own issues.

Tunde’s father, ever the optimist, works tirelessly chasing his American dream while his wife, lonely in Utah without family and friends, sinks deeper into schizophrenia. Then one otherwise-ordinary morning, Tunde’s mother wakes him with a hug, bundles him and his baby brother into the car, and takes them away from the only home they’ve ever known.

But running away doesn’t bring her, or her children, any relief from the demons that plague her; once Tunde’s father tracks them down, she flees to Nigeria, and Tunde never feels at home again. He spends the rest of his childhood and young adulthood searching for connection—to the wary stepmother and stepbrothers he gains when his father remarries; to the Utah residents who mock his father’s accent; to evangelical religion; to his Texas middle school’s crowd of African-Americans; to the fraternity brothers of his historically black college. In so doing, he discovers something that sends him on a journey away from everything he has known.

Sweeping, stirring, and perspective-shifting, A Particular Kind of Black Man is a beautiful and poignant exploration of the meaning of memory, manhood, home, and identity as seen through the eyes of a first-generation Nigerian-American.

Category: Coming of Age, Literary Fiction

 

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My Sister, The Serial Killer by Oyinkan Braithwaite

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My Sister, The Serial Killer by Oyinkan Braithwaite

Title: My Sister, The Serial Killer

Author: Oyinkan Braithwaite

Genre: Fiction

Format: Paperback

Book Dimension: 5.5 x 8.5

Number of Pages: 240

Publication Year: November 20, 2018

Publisher: Anchor

ISBN: 9780525564201

Available at: Amazon Stores, Random House

Short Description: Korede’s sister Ayoola is many things: the favorite child, the beautiful one, possibly sociopathic. And now Ayoola’s third boyfriend in a row is dead, stabbed through the heart with Ayoola’s knife. Korede’s practicality is the sisters’ saving grace. She knows the best solutions for cleaning blood (bleach, bleach, and more bleach), the best way to move a body (wrap it in sheets like a mummy), and she keeps Ayoola from posting pictures to Instagram when she should be mourning her “missing” boyfriend. Not that she gets any credit.

Korede has long been in love with a kind, handsome doctor at the hospital where she works. She dreams of the day when he will realize that she’s exactly what he needs. But when he asks Korede for Ayoola’s phone number, she must reckon with what her sister has become and how far she’s willing to go to protect her.

Category: Women’s fiction, Young Adult, Satire

 

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Ruffled Butterflies by Ayotunde Mamudu

 

Title: Ruffled Butterflies

Author: Ayotunde Mamudu

Genre: Fiction

Format: Paperback

Book Dimension: 5.5 x 8

Number of Pages: 146

Publication Year: 2019

Publisher: Parresia Publishers

ISBN: 978-978-55874-7-0

Available at: Booksellers Bookstore, Ibadan

Short Description: “Till death do us part . . .”

Seemingly innocent transgressions like squeezing toothpaste or leaving pee on the toilet seat lie in wait to trip up these characters who in turn become so stifled by their partners that they can’t wait for death to part them.

Some stories in this collection end in cliff-hangers, making room for self-reflection and numerous possible endings. These thirteen stories traverse domestic issues that call for more meaningful steps than grumbling, as the Morgans, Olabisi, Kayode, Vera and John soon find out.

Ruffled butterfly wings are used as imagery for the delicate family ties of everyday people who are sewn together in marriage. Suspenseful, dramatic, romantic and dipped in an amalgam of Nigerian and Western cultures, these relationships pass through crucibles with the couples spreading ruffled, ripped mosaic wings to flutter and fly against all odds.

Category: Literary, Short Stories

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Only on Canvas by Olusola Olugbesan

 

Title: Only on Canvas

Author: Olusola Olugbesan

Genre: Fiction

Format: Paperback

Book Dimension: 5.5 x 8.5

Number of Pages: 321

Publication Year: 2010

Publisher: Mosuro Publishers

ISBN: 978-978-48412-3-8

Available at: Booksellers Limited, Ibadan

Short Description: This is an exhilarating tale of characters from different backgrounds, with different desires and dreams intricately woven together to create a tapestry of life. It is a refreshing and didactic story delivered n a very rich flow of language.

‘. . . the world is replete with uncut diamonds.’

Anna, somewhat surprised, and spurred on by Amaka’s profound response quickly followed up.

‘And you must find one of these gems, polish and bestow it to the world. You must find someone, somewhere, somehow, to give your oil. We must dare our dreams and seize the brush. . .’

Amaka responded earnestly saying, ‘I will mother, I promise. God made a beautiful world and handed it to us. I must add my own beauty. . .work my masterpiece.’

Only a Canvas is an attempt to draw attention to our utter dependency upon, and urgent responsibility for each other, and our divine capacity to attain it. You must never give up on the virtue odyssey.

Category: General

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An Abundance of Scorpions by Hadiza Isma El-Rufai

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Title: An Abundance of Scorpions

Author: Hadiza Isma El-Rufai

Genre: Fiction

Format: Paperback

Book Dimension: 5 x 8

Number of Pages: 410

Publication Year: November 20, 2017

Publisher: Quida Books

ISBN: 9780998986302

Available at: Amazon.com, Ingram & Local Bookstores

Short Description: Following a horrific tragedy, Tambaya leaves Kano for Accra to live with her brother, Aminu. Sadly, her dream of a new beginning is dashed when she can no longer endure the indignity she suffers at the hands of her brother’s new wife.

Tambaya returns to northern Nigeria and soon finds work as a matron in an orphanage, under the watchful eye of the ruthless Miss Scholastica. Just when she begins to settle into her new life, an unexpected visit threatens to destroy everything she has worked so hard to build. Tambaya faces moral dilemmas on all sides, but she must stop her life from unravelling once again.

Vulnerable, and surrounded by malice, corruption and greed, Tambaya struggles to shape her destiny. An Abundance of Scorpions charts one woman’s journey through grief and uncertainty to a road that leads to self-discovery, redemption and love. 

Category: Women’s fiction, Literary fiction

 

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What Goes Around by Ify Tony-Monye

 

Title: What Goes Around

Author: Ify Tony-Monye

Genre: Fiction

Format: Paperback

Book Dimension: 5.5 x 8

Number of Pages: 459

Publication Year: March, 2016

Publisher: Fynom Books LTD

ISBN: 978-978-945744-1

Available at: Amazon Stores, Booksellers Limited, Ibadan

Short Description: A fender bender brings Chizo and Difu together, leading to a friendship that blossoms till cupid strikes and they decide to get married. All in the course of nature, one would say. But, their decision unbeknownst to them sets off a chain of events so terrible that one finds it hard to believe. Awele conspires with Kosi to put the spanner in the works – all efforts thwarted every step of the way. Uche and Dozie stand stoically behind their friends but are on their own swamped by life’s everyday troubles. Both experience personal tragedies that change their views about life and helps form their characters – or lack of it. Death from natural courses; unintended murder; and then a double suicide rocks the community, the circumstances surrounding these fatalities gruesome enough to send any witnesses off their heads. A monster is born to Chizo and Difu, further escalating an already precarious situation, but who really is to blame?

The novel toys with love, hatred and revenge; each element so entwined as the story progresses that the reader is sure to be held captive from page one to the end. It touches on real friendship – well and truly tested. With each subsequent page and from one generation to the other, the author carries the reader along as they live the lives of the characters, particularly Chizo and Difu, with them, sharing in their joys and pains, trials and tribulations right through to the very bitter and shocking end. They say love is a disease, a cure for which few have, but will love conquer all? Only time will tell!

Category: General

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The Square Pegs by David Obasa

 

Title: The Square Pegs

Author: David Obasa

Genre: Fiction

Format: Paperback

Book Dimension: 5.5 x 8

Number of Pages: 190

Publication Year: March, 2016

Publisher: Parresia Publishers

ISBN: 978-978-54079-9-0-57-1

Available at: Booksellers Limited, Ibadan

Short Description: This is the story of three ambitious young men: a scientist, an artiste and a writer, who were raised different backgrounds but through series of events and circumstances had their paths crossing one another. Along the way they were confronted with obstacles. Some of these obstacles were life threatening an some others resulted in painful losses.

This is a story that intricately combines thrills, frills, pains, humour, ardour and defiance in a manner that unfolds the twists and the turns.

Category: Coming of Age

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