BY AYÒBÁMI ADÉBÁYÒ (Pen­guin Ran­dom House)

Fairlady - - BOOK CLUB -

Ye­jide is des­per­ate to fall preg­nant. It is the cen­tral project of her life, and the pres­sure from her hus­band Akin and their ex­tended fam­ily is mas­sive. But when her longed-for son is born, he is di­ag­nosed with sickle cell dis­ease. Set against the po­lit­i­cal tur­moil in Nige­ria in the ’80s and ’90s, it is a bril­liant novel about mar­riage and fam­i­lies, the in­ter­sec­tion be­tween tra­di­tional be­liefs and moder­nity, the power of cul­tural norms, and the pos­si­bil­i­ties and lim­i­ta­tions of love. Short­listed for the 2017 Bai­leys Women’s Prize for Fic­tion, it is peo­pled with un­for­get­table char­ac­ters and clearly marks the writer out as one to watch.

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