When the Chief knocks on Ese's door demanding that she marry again, as the laws of the land dictate she must, Ese is a fool once more. There is a high price for breaking the law, and an even greater cost for breaking the heart of a Chief. Ese will face the wrath of gods and men in the fight to preserve her heart, to keep her son and to right centuries of wrongs. She will change the lives of many on the road to freedom, and she will face the greatest pain a mother ever can. Wake Me When I'm Gone is a story of curses broken, and lives remade, of great tragedy and incredible rebirth. In this, his second novel, Nigerian writer Odafe Atogun unfolds a world rich with tradition and folklore, a world filled with incredible people of remarkable strength, a world that is changing fast.

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The Guardian

14 Oct 2017
8.0
"As in his first novel, Taduno’s Song, Atogun has combined folkloric elements with a strong central character to create a haunting and unusual narrative." ...
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ofbooks.org

17 Jul 2017
8.0
"Wake Me When I’m Gone is a powerful story of one woman’s fight for change and independence, despite the obstacles." ...
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What Cathy Read Next 20 Jul 2017

8.0
"There is a timeless quality to the tale being told..." ...
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Huntress of Diverse Bo

01 Aug 2017
6.0
"The writing is very simple and not at all flowery. It’s very on-point and rarely connects with other topics. There’s a very clear red line throughout the book. Most of the characters aren’t as developed as Ese is." ...

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SIMILAR Books

Published:

September 5, 2017

Publisher:

Canongate Books

ISBN:

978-1-782-11842-8

Language:

English

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