Bite-size Review: Butterfly Fish | Irenosen Okojie


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Butterfly Fish | Irenosen Okojie


Enchanting readers with the eloquence of a griot, Irenosen Okojie’s début novel Butterfly Fish brings to life the magic of story telling. In a spellbinding saga of love, deceit, guilt and atonement, it tells of the scourge of the sins of the ancestors upon the coming generation. A brass head forge out of blood, seeks retribution from succeeding heirs, tearing families apart and destroying livelihoods. The author’s voice relates the ensuing drama with a gracious absence, bestowing to her characters self independence and authenticity. With a daring and distinctive tone, Irenosen is without a doubt a fresh addition to contemporary African fiction. Butterfly Fish is a dark and mesmerizing adventure packed with bitter sweet delights. This is one of my personal favourites this summer. I highly recommend it.


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