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Uche Okonkwo 
A Kind of Madness 

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“Steady-handed and gut-punching. I’m in awe.”—No Violet Bulawayo

An Oprah Daily Most Anticipated Book of 2024

A searing, unflinching collection of stories set in Nigeria that explores themes of community expectations, familial strife, and the struggle for survival.

A teenage girl from a poor family is dazzled by her rich, vivacious friend, but as the friend’s behavior grows unstable and dangerous, she must decide whether to cover for her or risk telling the truth to get her the help she needs. A young woman and her mother bask in the envy of their neighbors when the woman receives an offer of marriage from the family of a doctor living in Belgium—though when the offer fails to materialize, that envy threatens to turn vicious, pitting them both against their community. And a lonely daughter finds herself wandering a village in eastern Nigeria in an ill-fated quest, struggling to come to terms with her mother’s mental illness.

In ten vivid, evocative stories set in contemporary Nigeria, Uche Okonkwo’s
A Kind of Madness unravels the tensions between mothers and daughters, husbands and wives, best friends, siblings, and more, marking the arrival of an extraordinary new talent in fiction and inviting us all to consider the question: why is it that the people and places we hold closest are so often the ones that drive us to madness?
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About the author

Uche Okonkwo’s stories have been published in A Public Space, One Story, the Kenyon Review, Ploughshares, The Best American Nonrequired Reading 2019, and Lagos Noir, among others. A former Bernard O’Keefe Scholar at Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference and resident at Art Omi, she is a recipient of the George Bennett Fellowship at Phillips Exeter Academy, a Steinbeck Fellowship, and an Elizabeth George Foundation grant. Okonkwo grew up in Lagos, Nigeria, and is currently pursuing a creative writing Ph D at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
Language English ● Format EPUB ● Pages 224 ● ISBN 9781959030539 ● File size 2.4 MB ● Publisher Tin House Books ● Country US ● Published 2024 ● Downloadable 24 months ● Currency EUR ● ID 9071715 ● Copy protection Adobe DRM
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