Editor | Fiction
Umuahia, Nigeria. Chinonso, a young poultry farmer, sees a woman attempting to jump to her death from a highway bridge. Horrified by her recklessness, Chinonso joins her on the roadside and hurls two of his most prized chickens into the water below to demonstrate the severity of the fall. The woman, Ndali, is moved by his sacrifice.
Bonded by this strange night on the bridge, Chinonso and Ndali fall in love. But Ndali is from a wealthy family, and when they officially object to the union because he is uneducated, Chinonso sells most of his possessions to attend a small college in Cyprus.
Once in Cyprus, he discovers that all is not what it seems. Furious at a world which continues to relegate him to the sidelines, Chinonso gets further and further away from his dream, from Ndali and the place he called home.
In this contemporary twist of Homer’s Odyssey, in the mythic style of the Igbo literary tradition, Chigozie Obioma weaves a heart-wrenching epic about the tension between destiny and determination.
New York Times Book Review said: “Chigozie Obioma truly is the heir to Chinua Achebe.”
About the author
Often compared to Gabriel Garcia Marquez and Chinua Achebe, Chigozie Obioma is the author of The Fishermen, winner of the FT/OppenheimerFunds Emerging Voices Award, the L.A. Times Book Prize, the NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Literary Work, and also shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize and the Guardian First Book Award.
The Fishermen, Obioma’s first novel, was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize.