The Opposite House tells the story of Maja, a black Cuban living in London with her family and boyfriend, and Yemaya who lives in Somewherehouse, which has two doors that lead to London and Lagos. This book focuses on immigration, culture, searching for truth and discovering oneself.
Book Review: And After Many Days by Jowhor Ile
And After Many Days shares the story of a Nigerian family in anguish after the disappearance of their elder son, Paul. Initially, they had hope, assuming they will find him in few days especially after alerting the police and news media. But days go by, months and even years yet there was no trace of him. To help the reader in understanding the circumstances that led to his disappearance, the narrator takes us back to the family’s past.
Book Review: Murder at Cape Three Points by Kwei Quartey
Murder at Cape Three points is a mystery novel about Accra’s hotshot Detective Dawson who solves Ghana’s most complex mysteries. A horrific murder has been committed at Cape Three Points, the unmistakeable beauty on the Ghanaian coast where two bays form the three peninsulas, giving it its name. The bodies of Charles and Fiona Smith-Aidoo, wealthy middle-aged couple are found in a canoe that washed up at an oil rig site.
Book Review: Every Day is for the Thief by Teju Cole
Every Day is for the Thief tells the story of a young Nigerian American who finally visits home (Lagos, Nigeria) after 15 years of living in America to discover things are no longer as they used to be. Corruption and bribery are the norm, which he sadly experienced right from the consulate office in New York when he was asked to give a second undocumented money order to get his passport processed faster than normal.
Book Review: Foreign Gods Inc. by Okey Ndibe
Foreign Gods, Inc. was set in two places – New York City and Utonki, a village in eastern part of Nigeria. The book told the story of Ikechukwu Uzondu, Ike for short, a Nigerian cab driver based in NYC who thought stealing his village’s war deity, Ngene will solve his financial problems. It also briefly told the story of Stanton, an arrogant and violent British missionary who landed in Utonki with the hope of destroying Ngene, but things went terribly wrong for him.
My review of The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison
The Bluest Eye was set between 1940 and 1941 in Lorain, Ohio.
Major characters include Claudia and Frieda MacTeer, Pecola Breedlove, Pauline aka Mrs. Breedlove and Cholly Breedlove.
This book told the story of two young girls who are a complete opposite of each other. The story was mostly told from Claudia and Pecola’s point of views. The novel started off with Claudia narrating her life with her sister Frieda and her parents. She came across as very confident, high self esteem and unashamedly black. Continue reading