And After Many Days

And After Many Days

A Novel

Book - 2016
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A lyrical, unforgettable debut novel depicting a nation and family in flux, from a shining new talent. During the rainy season of 1995, in bustling Port Harcourt, Nigeria, a family's life is disrupted by the sudden disappearance of seventeen-year-old Paul Utu. As they grapple with the loss of their darling boy, they embark on a moving journey of immense power that changes their lives forever and shatters their once ordered family. Ajie's search for the truth uncovers hidden family secrets and reawakens long-forgotten ghosts as rumours of police brutality, oil shortages, and student protests serve as a backdrop. Ile's spellbinding ability to weave together personal and political loss until, inevitably, the two threads become nearly indistinguishable. Print run 40,000.
Publisher: New York :, Tim Duggan Books,, 2016
ISBN: 9781101903148
Branch Call Number: FIC Ile
Characteristics: 246 pages


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Jan 30, 2017

Reading Johwor Ile's 'And After Many Days', one is forced to vacillate between the past and the present as well as a loss that is both deeply personal and deeply national. The Utu's are the fictional family of choice, who live in Port Harcourt and whose ethnicity is one of the plenteous southern minorities in Nigeria. The plot of the story kicks off somewhere in the chronological middle after the eldest Utu child, Paul has disappeared. We are then dragged through a review of the family's past against a backdrop of the political struggle within their village to secure the rights of its inhabitants. The looming antagonist is the corrupt government through its use of its extremely violent police and armed forces who act to protect the interests of an oil corporation, simply named, 'The Company'. The stage is thus set and the struggles that follow echo both the political climate of the setting and the more private nature of a home. A good read.
- @TheEccentric of the Teen Review Board of the Hamilton Public Library

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