the fisherman

UPCOMING BOOK RELEASE: The Fishermen: A Novel by Chigozie Obioma (April 14, 2015)

thefishermanA new book to add your reading list this spring is the Fisherman by  Chigozie Obioma.

The Fisherman is a new upcoming novel from US-based Nigerian author Chigozie Obioma. The book is a coming of age story that tells the story of a group of brothers growing up in the small Nigerian town of Akure.

The book is due to be released on April 14, 2015 but is now available to preorder via Amazon and Barnes and Noble.


In a Nigerian town in the mid 1990’s, four brothers encounter a madman whose mystic prophecy of violence threatens the core of their close-knit family.

Told from the point of view of nine year old Benjamin, the youngest of four brothers, THE FISHERMEN is the Cain and Abel-esque story of an unforgettable childhood in 1990’s Nigeria, in the small town of Akure. When their strict father has to travel to a distant city for work, the brothers take advantage of his extended absence to skip school and go fishing. At the ominous, forbidden nearby river, they meet a dangerous local madman who persuades the oldest of the boys that he is destined to be killed by one of his siblings.

What happens next is an almost mythic event whose impact-both tragic and redemptive-will transcend the lives and imaginations of its characters and its readers. Dazzling and viscerally powerful, The Fishermen never leaves Akure but the story it tells has enormous universal appeal. Seen through the prism of one family’s destiny, this is an essential novel about Africa with all of its contradictions-economic, political, and religious-and the epic beauty of its own culture.

With this bold debut, Chigozie Obioma emerges as one of the most original new voices of modern African literature, echoing its older generation’s masterful storytelling with a contemporary fearlessness and purpose.

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