Butterfly Fish is a richly told story of a woman exploring her African heritage after her mother's death. With wry humour and a deft touch, Butterfly Fish, the outstanding first novel by a stunning new writer, is a work of elegant and captivating storytelling. A dual narrative set in contemporary London and 18th century Benin in Africa, the book traverses the realms of magic realism with luminous style and graceful, effortless prose. It is a haunting and compelling novel, with themes exploring love, hope, political upheaval, loss, and coming undone. It was recently submitted for the Man Booker Prize.  

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Brenhines Books

05 Feb 2017
8.0
I picked this book up from the library both for #DiverseAThon and because it seemed like a perfect choice for task number 2 of the Read Harder Challenge – “Read a debut novel”. I didn’t know much about it before I started, but the cover reall ...
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ZODML

14 Sep 2016
9.0
Butterfly Fish is a powerful story of a woman exploring her African heritage after her mother’s death. It is an evocative and compelling novel, with themes exploring love, hope, political upheaval, loss, and coming undone. It was recently submi ...
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Africa in Words

04 Aug 2016
9.0
Butterfly Fish (Jacaranda, 2015) is primarily a story about Joy, a London-based photographer whose only friend is her eccentric elderly neighbour, Mrs. Harris. Then Joy’s mother dies unexpectedly, leaving her a bemusing inheritance, which includes ...
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bookshy.com

18 Mar 2016
9.0
I knew of Butterfly Fish, but my first real introduction to it was at Africa Writes last July, where Irenosen Okojie was on a panel on new Nigerian fiction along with A Igoni Barrett, Elnathan John and E C Osondu. In the synopsis of the panel, the bo ...
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East End Review

11 Aug 2015
9.0
Butterfly Fish, the debut novel of East London writer Irenosen Okojie, has been a labour of love. The novel follows Joy who, after the death of her mother, inherits a diary and a unique brass head. It is a novel that sees every family history as a pu ...
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For Books' Sake

12 Jun 2015
8.0
Butterfly Fish is Irenosen Okojie’s evocative debut novel. It weaves life in modern day London with regal nineteenth-century Nigeria and visits both countries in the 1960s and 1970s. It also weaves realism with a kind of magical realism to create a ...

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Published:

March 29, 2016

Publisher:

Jacaranda Books Art Music

ISBN:

978-1-909-76206-0

Language:

English

Literary Awards:

Betty Trask Award (2016)

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