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Sleep Well, Siba and Saba

Date: 19 Sep 2017 Category: Books
8.0 Rating
A picture book that will transport readers to another place and time…where dreams come to life. Siba and Saba, two brown-skinned sisters wearing cornrowed hair, constantly lose things: shoes, scarves, sweaters, and more. They do, however, always keep track of each other. When they sleep, they dream of finding all they’ve lost. But one night, when Papa sings “Sula bulungi, Siba and Saba,” as he always does, they dream not of lost things ...

Blind Spot

Date: 13 Jun 2017 Category: Books
7.0 Rating
Memoir meets museum catalog in this engagingly meandering, genre-bending collection. Cole’s debut novel, Open City (2011), is written nearly entirely as the inner monologue of his protagonist, a graduate student walking around New York. In less capable hands, this would be insufferable, but Cole (Known and Strange Things, 2016, etc.) is a master of the quiet, often nonsensical workings of the mind. Here, images take center stage: one per eve ...

What It Means When a Man Falls from the Sky

Date: 01 Aug 2017 Category: Books
9.0 Rating
Nigeria serves as a prism refracting the myriad experiences of both former and current inhabitants. In two different stories in Arimah’s debut collection, characters have the supernatural ability to drain emotions from other people, for good or for ill. In “Who Will Greet You at Home,” a Nigerian woman participates in a tradition of making children out of inanimate materials and having them blessed by older women in hopes that they will ...

Blackass

Date: 09 Jul 2016 Category: Books
5.0 Rating
A Nigerian man wakes up white in Barrett’s (Love Is Power, or Something Like That, 2013) satirical update on Kafka’s The Metamorphosis.
The morning of a job interview, Furo Wariboko arises to find he’s become white overnight, this in a modest section of Lagos where many residents have “never seen red hair, green eyes, or pink nipples except on screen and on paper.” Unwilling to face his parents, with whom he lives ...

Taduno’s Song

Date: 04 Aug 2016 Category: Books
7.0 Rating
Debut novelist Atogun delivers a fine, allusive challenge to the dictators who infest Africa—and the world. Taduno, “no last name, no address, just Taduno,” is a musician in a strange land, where a letter from a lost love reaches him, pulling him back to Nigeria. He has been anonymous in that orderly place of winding streets and neat gardens. To his surprise, when he arrives in his homeland, from which he had exiled himself, he is anonym ...

I Do Not Come To You By Chance

Date: 05 May 2009 Category: Books
6.0 Rating
Thwarted in his ambition to become an engineer, a young Nigerian is lured by his charismatic uncle into a lucrative empire of e-mail scams. Kingsley is the eldest child of parents who worship learning and play by the rules. But his father’s failing health and resulting retirement have landed the family in genteel poverty, and when Kingsley emerges from the university he feels obliged to support them. Engineering jobs are scarce and elusive, ...