Half of a Yellow Sun

A masterly, haunting new novel from a writer heralded by The Washington Post Book World as the 21st century daughter of Chinua Achebe, Half of a Yellow Sun re creates a seminal moment in modern African history Biafra s impassioned struggle to establish an independent republic in Nigeria in the 19

Purple Hibiscus

Fifteen year old Kambili and her older brother Jaja lead a privileged life in Enugu, Nigeria They live in a beautiful house, with a caring family, and attend an exclusive missionary school They re completely shielded from the troubles of the world Yet, as Kambili reveals in her tender voiced acco

Aya (Aya #1)

That s what I wanted to show in Aya an Africa without the war and famine, an Africa that endures despite everything because, as we say back home, life goes on Marguerite Abouet Ivory Coast, 1978 Family and friends gather at Aya s house every evening to watch the country s first television


Ifemelu and Obinze are young and in love when they depart military ruled Nigeria for the West Beautiful, self assured Ifemelu heads for America, where despite her academic success, she is forced to grapple with what it means to be black for the first time Quiet, thoughtful Obinze had hoped to join


A novel of breathtaking sweep and emotional power that traces three hundred years in Ghana and along the way also becomes a truly great American novel Extraordinary for its exquisite language, its implacable sorrow, its soaring beauty, and for its monumental portrait of the forces that shape famili

Allah is Not Obliged

ALLAH IS NOT OBLIGED TO BE FAIR ABOUT ALL THE THINGS HE DOES HERE ON EARTH.These are the words of the boy soldier Birahima in the final masterpiece by one of Africa s most celebrated writers, Ahmadou Kourouma When ten year old Birahima s mother dies, he leaves his native village in the Ivory Coast,

The Fishermen

A striking debut novel about an unforgettable childhood, by a Nigerian writer the New York Times has crowned the heir to Chinua Achebe Told by nine year old Benjamin, the youngest of four brothers, THE FISHERMEN is the Cain and Abel esque story of a childhood in Nigeria, in the small town of Akure

The Viceroy of Ouidah

In 1812, Francisco Manoel da Silva, escaping a life of poverty in Brazil, sailed to the African kingdom of Dahomey, determined to make his fortune in the slave trade Armed with nothing but an iron will, he became a man of substance in Ouidah and the founder of a remarkable dynasty His one remainin

God's Bits of Wood

In 1947 the workers on the Dakar Niger Railway came out on strike Throughout this novel, written from the workers perspective, the community social tensions emerge, and increase as the strike lengthens Ousmane Semb ne envinces the color, passion, and tragedy of those formative years in the history