- My Sister the Serial Killer: Nigerian writer Oyinkan Braithwaite burst onto the crime fiction scene with this debut novel, a lively exploration of the ineffable ties between siblings, mixed with practical advice, such as “I bet you didn’t know that bleach masks the smell of blood.”
While Korede busily covers up her sister Ayoola’s murders, she must repress her feelings for the next man whom Ayoola has set her sights on. While these at times highly amusing antics occur within the cultural context for women in Nigerian society, the rivalries Korede faces are universal.
Shortlisted for Women’s Prize for Fiction 2019
Nominated for Goodreads Choice Awards Best Debut Novel and
Nominated for the 2019 booker prize
Winner of the LA times book prize for mystery/thriller
- Graceland by Chris Abani: Graceland is a dazzling debut by a then singular new talent – Chris Abani in 2005
The sprawling, swampy, cacophonous city of Lagos, Nigeria, provides the backdrop to the story of Elvis, a teenage Elvis impersonator hoping to make his way out of the ghetto. Broke, beset by floods, and beatings by his alcoholic father, and with no job opportunities in sight, Elvis is tempted by a life of crime. Thus begins his odyssey into the dangerous underworld of Lagos, guided by his friend Redemption and accompanied by a restless hybrid of voices including The King of Beggars, Sunday, Innocent and Comfort. Ultimately, young Elvis, drenched in reggae and jazz, and besotted with American film heroes and images, must find his way to a GraceLand of his own.Nuanced, lyrical, and pitch perfect, Abani has created a remarkable story of a son and his father, and an examination of postcolonial Nigeria where the trappings of American culture reign supreme.
- 2005 Hemingway Foundation/PEN Award and Hurston-Wright
- Legacy Award, Silver Medalist for the California Book Award,
- A finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize and Commonwealth Writers Prize