Nightbloom (Paperback)
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Paperback 352 Pages
Published: 21/03/2024
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Waterstones Says

Estranged cousins Selasi and Akorfa must reckon with the secrets of their past in this luminous novel of female friendship, regret and betrayal.

Longlisted for the Women's Prize for Fiction 2024

A stunning novel about a childhood friendship rocked by hidden secrets, from a star of Ghanaian writing

Growing up in the same Ghanaian town, Selasi and Akorfa are more than just cousins – they're best friends. The girls share everything: whispered late-night conversations, dreams for the future, secrets.

But as they enter their teens, Selasi begins to change, building a wall around herself designed to keep everyone away. Soon, Akorfa no longer recognises her sullen, withdrawn cousin. 

It will take many years for their paths to cross again. Their lives may have drifted in different directions, but Selasi and Akorfa haven't forgotten the closeness they once shared. Akorfa now works in international development as she navigates the challenges of life as a Black woman and mother in the US; Selasi is a successful restaurateur running the hottest spot in Accra. And when an incident at her restaurant puts Selasi in danger, the women must overcome their differences and face the truth of what happened all those years ago, even if others would prefer them to remain silent.

Nightbloom is an irresistible story about female friendship, about the relationships that shape us and the people we never quite leave behind. 

Publisher: Oneworld Publications
ISBN: 9780861548125
Number of pages: 352
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 26 mm
Edition: MMP


MEDIA REVIEWS

'Peace Adzo Medie is the doyenne of the emotional plot twist.' Chibundu Onuzo, author of Sankofa

'Medie's remarkable skills are on display here. She explores weighty themes with a deftness of touch.' Chika Unigwe, author of On Black Sisters' Street

'Nightbloom by Peace Adzo Medie...tells the story of Ghanaian cousins, Selasi and Akorfa, bosom childhood companions in Africa but bitterly estranged by adulthood... Medie offers an unflinching indictment of patriarchal power structures and corrupting complacency.' The Sunday Times, 'The summer's best popular fiction books'

'Nightbloom, Peace Adzo Medie’s sophomore novel, masterfully explores the complicated relationship between two childhood friends. I love the way it combines geographic range with deep intimacy. I highly recommend it.' Ayesha Harruna Attah, author of Zainab Takes New York

'A riveting story of friendship and belonging, from a remarkable Ghanaian talent, Nightbloom is a must-read book of the summer.' Bristol Magazine

'Nightbloom is a thought-provoking and illuminating read, masterfully intertwining personal struggles with a powerful reflection on societal dynamics and the impact of patriarchal systems.' Voice Magazine

'A formidable exploration of friendship and the intricacies of the relationships that shape us... Touching, bold and thought-provoking, this story is one everyone should read.' Onyi Nwabineli, author of Someday, Maybe

'[Medie] has produced a fine piece of fiction that utilises two strong female voices to great effect, telling a captivating story that resonates with the reader beyond the final page.' New Internationalist

'I was hooked on Peace's writing! A blistering story, written with razor sharp precision and characters who feel so real, it's like they're watching you all the while you're reading.' Huma Qureshi, author of Things We Do Not Tell the People We Love

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“Great Read!”

Thank you to the publishers for this early review copy, I loved her debut ‘His Only Wife’ so much I was a little afraid to read this because I had such high expectations for it. I kept it in the mountainous to be read... More

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