BY AYÒBÁMI ADÉBÁYÒ (Penguin Random House)
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.