My Sis­ter, the Se­rial Killer

The Week (US) - - Arts - By Oyinkan Braith­waite An­gela Ajayi Parul Se­h­gal

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Oyinkan Braith­waite’s de­but is “a show­stop­per in many ways,” said

in the Min­neapo­lis Star Tri­bune. Un­like much of the high­minded African lit­er­a­ture that reaches these shores, the novel is a page-turner with a wicked sense of hu­mor. In­stead of min­ing Nige­ria’s largest city for in­sights on poverty or civil strife, “it con­cerns it­self mainly with the comfy lives of two sis­ters, Korede and Ay­oola, one of whom is un­de­ni­ably gor­geous and has a pesky habit of killing her boyfriends.” Braith­waite in­dulges in “a few tire­some genre tropes,” said

in The New York Times. “But this book is built to hur­tle for­ward —and it does so, dizzy­ingly”—even as Braith­waite is art­fully de­tail­ing the am­bi­ent cor­rup­tion and vi­o­lence of the cul­ture that pro­duced the mon­strous Ay­oola and her du­ti­ful ac­com­plice. Even­tu­ally, Korede is asked by a boyfriend to ex­plain why she con­tin­ues to abet Ay­oola’s crimes. “This scor­pi­ontailed lit­tle thriller leaves a re­sponse, and a sting, you will re­mem­ber.”

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