Un­der the Udala Trees

Elle (Canada) - - Radar - by Chinelo Ok­paranta

This is a tale of star-crossed love (dif­fer­ent tribes and, oh, they’re both girls) birthed in the chaos of the Nige­rian civil war told by one of fic­tion’s most-talked-about new voices. The prose is tear-jerk­ingly vivid: Think de­scrip­tions of skin “like the aroma of fresh coco­nut oil” and lips “pursed out thickly like two mil­li­pedes.”

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