My first book, a novel in stories titled Jollof Rice and Other Revolutions was published in the US by Amistad Books on September 13, 2022 and will be published by Trapeze Books in the United Kingdom and much of the Commonwealth.
Jollof Rice and Other Revolutions covers a timespan from 1897 to 2050. Moving between Nigeria and America, and featuring brief stops in Ghana, Poland, South Africa, Zimbabwe, and Botswana, Jollof Rice and Other Revolutions examines the lives of a distinctive group of Nigerian women, illuminating the challenges they face and the risks they take to control their destinies.
Here’s the US publisher site and book description.
Here’s the UK publisher site.
New York Times Book Review. From Nigeria to the United States — and to the Future:
“The brilliance of Ogunyemi’s writing is that … you’ll realize that from the book’s earliest pages (which are set in 1897) to its final pages (set in 2050), she lays out exactly what is to come…. Each of the 10 chapters that make up this novel can stand on its own, but together they tell a beautiful story of sisterhood, family and love.”
Starred review from Booklist:
“Jollof Rice and Other Revolutions celebrates friendship, the power of community and home, and the joy of being a woman able to take control of her destiny… Ogunyemi’s writing has the power to reverberate through generations.”
Publishers Weekly’s review of the book:
“A dynamic novel in stories… Through the many leaps in time and views from supporting characters, Ogunyemi succeeds at showing how each of the four women’s lives were shaped by their fiery youth. These richly developed stories are resonant and rewarding.”
A review of the book from Kirkus Reviews:
“These stories both collapse and reconstruct the coming-of-age arc in a refreshing way. The final story shines brightest in imagining a near future for the elders the girls become, and for the U.S. and Nigeria, that exceeds Aristotle’s maxim that a good ending be surprising yet inevitable. Ogunyemi explores myriad themes, from religion and fundamentalism to grief and resilience, capitalism and corruption, with aplomb.”
“For admiring readers, the radiance of Ogunyemi’s debut hopefully signals more dazzling fiction to come.”
An excerpt from Library Journal’s review of the book:
“These beautifully rendered stories form an impressive whole that will please multiple literary tastes, combining Nigerian history with a touch of mysticism, and contemporary familial angst with a dire futuristic vision.”
“…a cohesive celebration of friendship, the power of community and the Nigerian diaspora through a compelling group of friends.”
The Southern Bookseller Review:
“…a powerful and engrossing American debut….Romance, power struggles, day-in-the-life: this novel has something for everyone.”
BookclubOctober 2022 pick for Roxane Gay’s Audacious Book Club via Literati
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