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Taylor, a queer Nigerian college student, is in a passionate relationship with Lee, a black American basketball-playing pianist. When Taylor develops romantic feelings for Sy, a Cameroonian photographer whose similarities make them instant family, Taylor battles Lee’s jealousy. As Taylor encounters challenges to her femme and African identities, she finds ways, through the ...more
Paperback, 254 pages
Published June 2015 by RedBone Press
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Shira Glassman
Mar 20, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: femslash, qwoc
The prose in For Sizakele is luscious yet easy to follow, and I read the entire book in one day because the characters captivated me so much. This is a book that glows with not only the author's culture but also queer identity and love of African/African diaspora women.

The MC, Taylor, is a Nigerian-American student passionately devoted to her activism. She recites stirring poetry about identity at local events and brings social justice speakers to her community to inspire others. She knows who s
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Nov 01, 2017 rated it it was ok
I was prepared to love this novel but I have some issues with its depiction of the butch lesbian character:

1. there is nothing terrible or discriminatory about wanting "dyke" to be a lesbian exclusive term. I personally do not mind it when bi women who are not in relationships with men call themselves dykes but there is nothing biphobic re: lesbians having different feelings re: the reclamation of this slur.

2. butch women do have a harder time than femme women. i'm not butch or femme, but this i
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Umber Ghauri
Apr 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I read this book in two sittings. Easily could have in one but I TRIED to savour it.
It's a book that finds, in one sentence, a way to pull out a deeper part of you. And it does it with a sharp, but lush style. How can language be so textured and beautiful while also feeling so comfortable in your mind's voice? This is a work of true genius. This kind of writing is painstakingly crafted but flows easy like water for the reader. I'm reading it again because I can't remember the most beautiful phr
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Rena
Deep, painful love story...but worth every word.
Julie
Aug 10, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Lisa Moore has done it again: published a wonderful book that expands our sense of what is possible in the world. For Sizakele is a wonderful love story about young African American women with healthy doses of politics, slice of life in contemporary New York City, and a bit of poetry, too. Pick up this book today.
Ezra Hawk
Feb 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
loved loved loved this queer-enriched read; would recommend to anyone and everyone
LaToya Hankins
For Sizakele by Yvonne “Fly” Onakeme Etaghene is a vibrant novel that gives voice to a community not often seen in literature, young African lesbians. The main characters deal with sexual abuse, partner violence, and finding the courage to love someone fiercely. The writing is captivating, the characters vividly drawn, and the message of owning the hurts and highs that come from opening yourself up to love is profound.

The novel opens with a spoken word performance. Taylor, a Nigerian college stu
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Yvonne Fly Onakeme Etaghene is an Ijaw and Urhobo Nigerian dyke performance activist, poet, dancer, educator, actress and mixed-media visual artist. She engages a radical vulnerability and candor in her artwork and uses storytelling to build authentic human connection through passionate artistic expression. Etaghene has produced four solo art exhibitions and performed internationally. She is the f ...more
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