Leke is a troubled young man living in the suburbs of Cape Town. He develops strange habits of stalking people, stealing small objects and going from doctor to doctor in search of companionship rather than cure. Through a series of letters written to him by his Nigerian father whom he has never met, Leke learns about a family curse; a curse which his father had unsuccessfully tried to remove. Bom Boy is a well-crafted, and complex narrative written with a sensitive understanding of both the smallness and magnitude of a single life.

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Fundza.mobi

02 May 2017
8.0
I have never read anything by Yewande Omotoso. Although I’ve had this book – Bom Boy (published in 2011 by Modjaji Books) – for a number of years now, I haven’t really read it. First, I read a few pages, put it down and promised myself that w ...
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Homeland Reviews

22 Oct 2016
3.0
Publisher’s Summary Leke is a troubled young man living in the suburbs of Cape Town. He develops strange habits of stalking people, stealing small objects and going from doctor to doctor in search of companionship rather than cure. Through a series ...
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Kinna Reads

14 Aug 2013
8.0
“Yewande is the writer most likely to succeed” was what I thought after I spent ten days with Yewande Omotoso and eighteen other talented writers at the 2012 Farafina Trust workshop led by Chimamanda Ngozi Adiche. During the workshop we would reg ...
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News24

30 Oct 2011
8.0
When Leke’s adoptive mother, Jane, dies after a long and excruciating illness, the awkward boy’s life takes a sad and isolated turn. His fraught relationship with Marcus, Jane’s academic husband, doesn’t help. He grows into a borderline socio ...

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Published:

September 20, 2011

Publisher:

Modjaji Books

ISBN:

978-1-920-39735-7

Language:

English

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