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‘Yinka, Where is Your Huzband’ is funny, big-hearted


“Yinka, Where Is Your Huzband” by Lizzie Damilola Blackburn (Pamela Dorman Books)

Yinka Oladeji is a 30-year-old, Oxford educated, British Nigerian woman with a good job, living in London who happens to be single. Her accomplish­ments should carry weight within her family but unfortunat­ely, the fact that she’s not married is a big source of worry and tension for her elders. The novel opens with Yinka attending her sister’s baby shower when both her mother and aunt lead a group prayer to find Yinka a “huzband” — slang for “a non-existent man in a non-existent marriage whose whereabout­s is often asked.”

“Yinka, Where is Your Huzband” is more than a book about a woman looking for a man. It addresses themes such as female friendship­s, Black beauty standards and religion. This is not a romance novel, unless the journey to self-love qualifies.

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