by Amaka, Rosanna | Africa
Published 01/07/2021 by Transworld Publishers Ltd (Black Swan) in the United Kingdom
Paperback | 384 pages
SHORTLISTED FOR THE AUTHOR’S CLUB FIRST NOVEL AWARD, THE RSL CHRISTOPHER BLAND PRIZE and THE HWA DEBUT CROWN AWARD
‘A new classic’ SARA COLLINS, author of THE CONFESSIONS OF FRANNIE LANGTON
‘Impassioned. Lyrical and affecting’ GUARDIAN
Brixton 1981. Sixteen-year-old Michael is already on the wrong side of the law.
In in his community, where job opportunities are low and drug-running is high, this is nothing new. But when Michael falls for Ngozi, a vibrant young immigrant from the Nigerian village of Obowi, their startling connection runs far deeper than they realise. Narrated by the spirit of an African woman who lost her life on a slave ship two centuries earlier, her powerful story reveals how Michael and Ngozi’s struggle for happiness began many lifetimes ago.
Through haunting, lyrical words, one unforgettable message resonates: love, hope and unity will heal us all.
‘A searing, rhapsodic novel. Filled with beauty, devastation and the power of ancestral connections that ripple through the ages’ IRENOSEN OKOJIE, author of NUDIBRANCH
‘A gorgeous book’ ALEX WHEATLE, author of BRIXTON ROCK