by Okechukwu Nzelu - £8.99 Little, Brown Book Group (2020)
paperback ISBN 13: 9780349701035 | ISBN 10: 0349701032
SHORTLISTED FOR THE DESMOND ELLIOTT PRIZE 2020
How do you begin to find yourself when you only know half of who you are?
As Nnenna Maloney approaches womanhood she longs to connect with her Igbo-Nigerian culture. Her once close and tender relationship with her mother, Joanie, becomes strained as Nnenna begins to ask probing questions about her father, who Joanie refuses to discuss. Nnenna is asking big questions of how to 'be' when she doesn't know the whole of who she is. Meanwhile, Joanie wonders how to love when she has never truly been loved.
Their lives are filled with a cast of characters asking similar questions about identity and belonging whilst grappling with the often hilarious encounters of everyday Manchester.
Okechukwu Nzelu brings us a funny and heart-warming story that covers the expanse of race, gender, class, family and redemption, with a fresh and distinctive new voice.
Perfect for fans of Queenie by Candice Carty-Williams and Zadie Smith's White Teeth.
(Price & availability last checked: October 2020)