The Fishermen by Chigozie Obioma

This story is like a darker version of A Tree Grows in Brooklyn coupled with Nigerian folklore.

The novel read very quickly (I got through it in about two sittings). I was intrigued with where it was going the entire time.

The story follows young Benjamin and his (upper middle class?) family after the departure of his father to a different city in Nigeria for work. Not long after Eme, their father leaves, the family starts to unravel after certain events take place.

Though there were some moments when Ben’s brother Ikenna reminded me of Harry Potter in his angsty teen years (always yelling!!!1), the writing was engaging and I felt like the characters were real boys.

The second half of the novel was particularly touching and nearly reduced me to tears.  I am very much looking forward to whatever this debut author is going to come up with next.

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