GUARDIAN MUST READ BOOKS OF 2019
'Okojie is a dazzlingly wild, bold and imaginative writer who tells stories with captivating originality and intense drama' Bernardine Evaristo
In thisstunning new collection of short stories from the award-winning author of Butterfly Fish, offbeat characters are caught up in extraordinary situations that test the b...more
I think I prefer fantasy over ma ...more
Irenosen Okojie won the Caine Prize for African Fiction in 2020. Grace Jones which was the Caine Prize winning story and is part of this collection may be read here: https://static1.squarespace.com/stati... ...more
There is something of Angela Carter in the transformations, in the interest in circus, witches, wolves, ...more
This short story collection is populated by Grace Jones impersonators, sea goddesses and time-hopping vagrants. Characters reinvent themselves (Grace Jones and Komza Bright Morning), they grapple with situations not of their making (the loss or absence of a child is a recurring theme), and they find themselves at turning points, recognising, too late, the trajectories they might have taken (Kookaburra Sweet and Cornutopia).
The collection opens wit ...more
I’m still getting into the way of reading short stories, so I find them tricky to review, but this is one of the most striking collections I’ve read so far. It’s edgy, experimental, bold and otherworldly. My favourite story is Point and Trill, which I’d describe as a thriller that examines humanity’s most primeval instincts. When it came to the end I wanted to read more, the sign of a great story! A few of the stories went slightly over my head, but I just went with the flow and enjoyed the imag ...more
It's rare to read something so unusually vivid, but that makes the stories linger and stay with you for a while after you've read them.
I thoroughly enjoyed. I would read this again as well as being open to reading other works by Okojie. I would definitely recommend. ...more
Okojie is clearly a wonderful writer, h ...more
I love experimental fiction and the weird. I spent a lot of time thinking about how I'd define experimental fiction while reading this volume. But I can't say that sentences with subject / object confusion, being blindsided by sudden physical / scene blocking impossibilities during ...more
I ordinarily love weird stories but I do need there to be some ... story.
I completely appreciate the absolutely incredible imagination and word wrangling dexterity that has gone into this collection, but I’m not vibing it. At. All.
I am having an intense time at work so perhaps my brain is defunct of capacity to dive into the realm of logic (of lack of) these stories require. I may attempt to return to them at a later date.
Maybe someone else with a bit more literary patience or imagination would love this collection though. The themes were definitely unique just not for me.