Butterfly Fish is an upcoming new book from British author Irenosen Okojie. Love, loss and inheritance are focal points in this story thats centered around lead character Joy, who after the sudden death of her mother inherits a huge sum of money, her grandfather’s diary and a unique brass warriors head.
A spiritual successor to the tales of Marquez, Butterfly Fish masterfully combines elements of traditional Nigerian storytelling and magical realism in a multigenerational take of the legacy of inheritance. – Jacaranda
This is the first novel from Okojie who has had several of her short stories and poem published in anthologies internationally.
Butterfly Fish is a richly told story of a woman exploring her African heritage after her mother’s death. It is a haunting and compelling novel, with themes exploring love, hope, political upheaval, loss, and coming undone. It was recently submitted for the Man Booker Prize.
About the author
Nigerian-born Irenosen Okojie is a writer, curator and Arts Project Manager. She has worked with the Royal Shakespeare Company, the Southbank Centre and the Caine Prize. Her writing has been featured in the Guardian and the Observer. Her short stories have been published internationally, including Kwani 07 and Phatitude. She was a selected writer by Theatre Royal Stratford East and Writer in Residence for TEDx East End. In 2014, she was the Prize Advocate for the SI Leeds Literary Prize. She is a mentor for the Pen to Print project supported by publisher Constable & Robinson. She lives in east London.
In an interview with the East End Review, Irenosen Okojie lists Ben Okra and Gabriel Garcia Marquez as some of her influences.
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