An Ordinary Wonder (Hardback)
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Hardback 336 Pages / Published: 25/03/2021
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An Ordinary Wonder is a story of the courage needed to be yourself.


Oto leaves for boarding school with one plan: excel and escape his cruel home. Falling in love with his roommate was certainly not on the agenda, but fear and shame force him to hide his love and true self.

Back home, weighed down by the expectations of their wealthy and powerful family, the love of Oto's twin sister wavers and, as their world begins to crumble around them, Oto must make drastic choices that will alter the family's lives for ever.

Richly imagined with art, proverbs and folk tales, this moving and modern novel follows Oto through life at home and at boarding school in Nigeria, through the heartbreak of living as a boy despite their profound belief they are a girl, and through a hunger for freedom that only a new life in the United States can offer.

An Ordinary Wonder is a powerful coming-of-age story that explores complex desires as well as challenges of family, identity, gender and culture, and what it means to feel whole.

Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
ISBN: 9780349701264
Number of pages: 336
Weight: 580 g
Dimensions: 238 x 160 x 32 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
An Ordinary Wonder is a spellbinding tale that prompts deep reflection around concepts of gender and identity. Buki Papillion's writing has a vivid beauty that kept me enthralled throughout -- Angela Chadwick
Beautifully and delicately written, I felt a range of emotions while reading it. Papillon is a scintillating storyteller. We need more stories like this! -- Elizabeth Okoh
This brilliant and ultimately uplifting debut antidotes the hard realities of gender-based violence, secrecy and family estrangement with the transformative forces of Yoruba spirituality, intergenerational nurturing and queer forms of kinship. From all that's foreclosed emerges a story of hope and optimism towards possible futures. Utterly stunning -- Isabel Waidner
Papillon draws on African mythology and art to create a rich, moving and uplifting story * Stylist *
An Ordinary Wonder blew me away with its tender portrait of innocence, vulnerability and strength. Deftly, wisely, Papillon weaves together strands of history and identity which are too often separated. An Ordinary Wonder is nothing short of wonderful and anything but ordinary -- Okechukwu Nzelu author of The Private Joys of Nnenna Maloney
An Ordinary Wonder is a profoundly moving book, all the more so for featuring an unforgettable protagonist in Otolorin, who will captivate readers with her hope, humour and joy of life. Being in Otolorin's company is never less than uplifting. Buki Papillon's writing is wonderfully vivid, and she treats all her characters - even the villains in Otolorin's family - with astonishing empathy -- Elodie Harper
Entirely unique. In the face of prejudice and ignorance, An Ordinary Wonder sparkles with hope, insight, and humour -- Abigail Dean

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“The light at the end of the tunnel...”

DRC provided by Dialogue Books via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Representation: Yoruba intersex protagonist, Ghanaian secondary character, Nigerian secondary and tertiary characters.

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“What an extraordinary book!”

What an extraordinary book! "An Ordinary Wonder" by Buki Papillon is anything but average. It deals with issues of identity, which one would struggle with in the UK growing up but transfer this to Nigeria,... More

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“A beautifully told story of resilience and love.”

A beautifully told story of resilience and love that gives voice to an experience that is rarely in the spotlight, yet reflects widely.
Buki Papillon's wonderfully descriptive prose has an innocence that makes... More

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