by Timothy Ogene - £9.99 Holland House (2017)
paperback ISBN 13: 9781910688298 | ISBN 10: 1910688290
Sam, a young Nigerian whose father only speaks to the children once he has taken on enough alcohol, and whose mother won’t accept that Sam is different from his siblings, is formed by the people he meets, the gay young man he cannot rescue from his tormentors, the girl whose rapist escapes when the women of the block march to mete out justice on him; and Pa Suku, a strange figure who opens Sam’s eyes to books and music, poetry and jazz. Then Sam goes to college and confronts his own sexuality, his own lack of belonging.
The Day Ends Like Any Day is the lyrical, challenging account of the multiple lives of a young Nigerian who refuses to accept that he has been shaped by the traumas of his past.
"A vibrant coming-of-age tale which looks back to urban Nigerian classics such as Cyprian Ekwensi’s Lokotown but also forward to an unfolding picture of African identity that is both global and cosmopolitan."
(Giles Foden, author of The Last King of Scotland)
(Price & availability last checked: May 2017)
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