In this debut novel, Edify Yakusak establishes herself as a word artist, painting her story with a wide brush of vivid descriptions. The city of Jos comes alive on the pages of this book as she takes us through a tale of sorrow, pain, anguish and despair. She chronicles the all too familiar story of ethnic tensions common in Nigeria, which often boils over into full scale conflicts. Yakusak throws her readers right into the plot, unmasking her characters for them to see, hear and touch.
“I was raised in Jos, Plateau State, for a large part of my childhood, so this story brings back memories writing about Jos,” she said.
Jos is a mysterious city; it seemed like a bland banal municipality in terms of social structure, culture and emotional stability when compared to other cities in Nigeria. Nevertheless, there was something about the city that one could not quite place….
This heart-wrenching story chronicles people being slaughtered by their neighbours; the same people they had lived with for years; women being raped by monsters and babies being snatched out of the arms of crying mothers. A lot of this is familiar having grown up in Jos; we had a family drill of what to do in the case of a mob action, everyone had a getaway out back, which just contained the essentials and my dad’s car was always parked facing the road, ready to make a getaway any minute. Not since I read S ... Read Full Review