Black Sunday (Paperback)Tola Rotimi Abraham (author)
A fierce and fresh debut novel, set over the course of two decades in Nigeria, about sisterhood, fate and female resistance
Twin sisters Bibike and Ariyike are enjoying a relatively comfortable life in Lagos in 1996. Then their mother loses her job due to political strife and their father gambles away their home, and the siblings are thrust into the reluctant care of their traditional Yoruba grandmother. Inseparable while they had their parents to care for them, the twins' paths diverge once the household shatters: one embracing modernity as the years pass, the other consumed by religion.
Written with astonishing intimacy and wry attention to the fickleness of fate, Black Sunday delves into the chaotic heart of family life. In the process, it tells a tale of grace in the midst of daily oppression, and of how two women carve their own distinct paths of resistance.
Publisher: Canongate Books
Number of pages: 288
Weight: 195 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 18 mm
A beautiful, deeply affecting debut. Smart and incisive. Abraham's robust tale of twins forging separate paths is a must read -- IRENOSEN OKOJIE
A searing debut novel about Nigerian twin sisters whose childhood bond is shattered by the political and social strife that impoverishes their family. As the decades pass, with all four of the family's children hurtling down painful, divergent paths, Abraham explores deeply felt themes of violence, kinship, and self-reliance * * Esquire * *
Rich and immersive. It's a striking debut, bold and stylish, but also subtle and tender -- ANJALI JOSEPH
Tola Rotimi Abraham's sharp, captivating debut thrums with the energy of life itself. The story of a family and a city reeling from wounds both private and political, Black Sunday delivers unforgettable characters as they adapt to often cruel circumstances and fight to author their own futures. Abraham writes with such irresistible confidence and startling precision, I can't wait to see what she does next -- MIA ALVAR * * author of In the Country * *
With stunning beauty and painful wisdom, Tola Rotimi Abraham's Black Sunday lays bare her characters' deepest aches and desires in a voice that is as haunting as it is addictive -- MARGARET WILKERSON SEXTON * * author of The Revisioners * *
In a confident, moving debut novel, Abraham unflinchingly presents women trying to make their way through a soul-destroying culture of corruption and sexual exploitation, finding strength in the scattered moments when her characters rise above their predicaments with grace and determination * * Herald * *
An assured and worthy debut, Black Sunday finds lyricism in the swell of everyday betrayal. In Abraham's hands, the coming-of-age novel mourns the easy perversion of sex, love, ambition, and faith, glimpsing, nevertheless, twin moments of grace and intimacy, daring and strength -- TRACY O'NEILL * * author of The Hopeful * *
In a fresh and fierce debut, Tola Rotimi Abraham proves that it's an act of indelible resistance every time a young woman tells her story. Through the eyes of a family at its brink, Abraham reveals the truth about violence, tenderness and the disquiet in between. Black Sunday is a surprising switchblade of a novel -- AMY JO BURNS * * author of Cinderland * *
Beautiful, bold and brilliant * * Heat * *
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“A bit dark”
Thanks to NetGalley and The Publisher for this eARC in exchange for an honest review.
3.5 stars, rounded down.
Black Sunday tells the story of four siblings from childhood to adulthood after they are abandoned by... More
This story is strongly character driven and is told in four parts, switching between four siblings as years pass by, you really get to know each character which I liked.
Although the style of writing is easy to... More
A chapter or two in, I wasn't expecting much from this book but then it grabbed me and I was genuinely sad for it to come to an end.
Told in alternating pov, the story spans 20 years in the lives of twins... More
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