Ifi and Job, a Nigerian couple in an arranged marriage, begin their lives together in Nebraska with a single, outrageous lie: that Job is a doctor, not a college dropout. Unwittingly, Ifi becomes his co-conspirator—that is until his first wife, Cheryl, whom he married for a green card years ago, reenters the picture and upsets Job's tenuous balancing act.

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The Rumpus

28 Feb 2017
7.0
“Everyone had done it, he supposed. To some degree, they had all told their little lies.” These are not the opening lines of Julie Iromuanya’s striking debut novel Mr. and Mrs. Doctor, but they may as well be. They are the thoughts of Job Ogban ...
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New Orleans Review

28 Feb 2017
7.0
In the Bible, God tests the faith of Job by taking away his servants, slaughtering his plentiful herds of livestock, and murdering his children. After these calamities, Job shaves his head and takes off his robe, declaring that “the Lord giveth and ...
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Masters Review

27 Feb 2017
8.0
Debut novelist Julie Iromuanya holds a long list of accolades: published by The Kenyon Review and the Tampa Review, among others; shortlisted for several prizes, including ones from our Portland publishing comrade Glimmer Train; earned a Ph.D. and wa ...
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Paste Magazine

27 Feb 2017
7.0
In a March 13 op-ed in The Guardian, SiliconAfrica.com editor Mawuna Remarque Koutonin posed the question, “Why are white people expats when the rest of us are immigrants?” Indeed, while the definitions of the two words might appear relatively in ...

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Publisher:

Coffee House Press

ISBN:

978-1-566-89397-8

Language:

English

Literary Awards:

National Book Critics Circle Award for John Leonard Prize, Nominated (2015)

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