Another New Release for 2012

by - 09:26

I found out about Canadian-based Nigerian author, Yejide Kilanko, while reading the Naija Stories Anthology. I am always in search of new authors and books so I looked her up and found out about her debut novel, Daughters Who Walk this Path. Here is the synopsis:

Spirited, intelligent Morayo grows up surrounded by school friends and a busy family in modern-day Ibadan, Nigeria. An adoring little sister, her traditional parents, and a host of aunties and cousins make Morayo’s home their own. So there’s nothing unusual about Morayo’s charming but troubled cousin, Bros T, moving in with the family. At first Morayo and her sister are delighted, but in her innocence, nothing prepares Morayo for the shameful secret Bros T forces upon her.

Thrust into a web of oppressive silence woven by the adults around her, Morayo must learn to fiercely protect herself and her sister; a legacy of silence many women in Morayo's family share. Only Aunty Morenike-once protected by her own mother-provides Morayo with a safe home, and a sense of female community which sustains Morayo as she grow into a young woman in bustling, politically charged, often violent Nigeria.

It was released in April and published by Penguin Canada, so no idea if it's available outside of North America right now, but looks like a pretty interesting debut.

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