Chika Unigwe's new novel Night Dancer will be published on June 7 2012. Very excited!!! This will be her third novel. I really enjoyed On Black Sisters' Street and have been meaning to read her debut novel The Phoenix (De feniks in Dutch), which explores the personal problems of a Nigerian woman married to a Belgian man living in Belgium, for a while now. Here's a synopsis of Night Dancer:
Mma has just buried her mother, and now she is alone. She has been left everything. But she's also inherited her mother's bad name. A bold, brash woman, the only thing her mother refused to discuss was her past. Why did she flee her family and bring her daughter to a new town when she was a baby? What was she escaping from? Abandoned now, Mma has no knowledge of her father or her family - but she is desperate to find out. Night Dancer is a powerful and moving novel about the relationship between mothers and daughters, about the bonds of family, about knowing when to fulfil your duty, and when you must be brave enough not to. Presenting a vista of Nigeria over the past half-century, it is a vibrant and heartfelt exploration of one woman's search for belonging.