Yinka, Where is Your Huzband?

by Lizzie Damilola Blackburn

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LoveReading Expert Review of Yinka, Where is Your Huzband?

A hug in a book, this is a joyous read.

Yinka, a 31 year old Nigerian is fed up of her family constantly asking “so, where is your huzband?” (pronounced auz-band). After her Aunty Debbie offers up a very public prayer for her and asks the Lord to intervene and save her from singledom, Yinka decides she needs a plan to find a man before her cousin Rachel’s wedding.

Femi broke her heart when he moved to New York and decided he didn’t want to settle down. As we join Yinka on her mission fraught with twists and turns on her journey to self-love.

A hug in a book, this is a joyous read. I chuckled and sped my way through, wishing and hoping for a happy ending for Yinka. She struggles and bumbles her way  through navigating dating, female relationships and the challenges of extended families, and I loved every page of it.

Deborah Maclaren

Yinka, Where is Your Huzband? Synopsis

The Nigerian accent Dictionary

Huzband (pronounced auz-band) noun

1. A male partner in a marriage

E.g. Yinka's younger sister, Kemi, is married to Uche

2. A non-existent man in a non-existent marriage whose whereabouts is often questioned, usually by Nigerian mums and aunties to single British Nigerian women

E.g. So, Yinka. Tell me. Where is your huzband? Ah, ah. You're thirty-one now!

Yinka wants to find love. Her mum wants to find it for her.

She also has too many aunties who frequently pray for her delivery from singledom, a preference for chicken and chips over traditional Nigerian food, and a bum she's sure is far too small as a result. Oh, and the fact that she's a thirty-one-year-old South-Londoner who doesn't believe in sex before marriage is a bit of an obstacle too...

When her cousin gets engaged, Yinka commences 'Operation Find A Date for Rachel's Wedding'. Armed with a totally flawless, incredibly specific plan, will Yinka find herself a huzband?

What if the thing she really needs to find is herself?

About This Edition

ISBN: 9780241504598
Publication date: 31st March 2022
Author: Lizzie Damilola Blackburn
Publisher: Viking an imprint of Penguin Books Ltd
Format: Hardback
Pagination: 400 pages
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Lizzie Damilola Blackburn Press Reviews

Warm and fun and sweet, great on female friendships and extended families -- Marian Keyes

Yinka, Where is Your Huzband? was a total joy to read - it's hilarious, insightful and so uplifting. Yinka is the most lovable character I've come across in a long time - I was cheering her on for every step of her journey -- Beth O'Leary

Such a warm, funny and relatable book -- Jendella Benson

Yinka, Where Is Your Huzband? is the spiritual heir to Bridget Jones's Diary, while bringing something entirely fresh and modern to the table. Blackburn kept me cringing, laughing, and tearing up from start to finish with her incredible cast of quirky, lovable characters and especially her almost painfully relatable heroine, Yinka. This is a truly special debut' -- Emily Henry

Beautifully observed, warm and deeply human, Yinka is a meditation on family and friendship, on love and self-love. Feel-good, funny and clever, it's got smash-hit written all over it! -- Josie Silver

Funny, charming, warm. A book that will make your heart smile. A cute and charming tale about family, love and the importance of accepting yourself. -- Milly Johnson

Will Yinka, Where is Your Husband steal the crown for most lovable (and relatable) protagonist ... ever?

This is THE most darling, funny book. So much heart, and the ending . . . -- Lizzy Dent

Lizzie Blackburn writes with a witty tenderness and absorbing fluidity that brings Yinka, the most loveable character you'll meet, to rich life! I cheered for her, cringed for her, and rooted for her all the way. A fabulously fresh debut guaranteed to warm your heart. Loved it! -- Lola Akinmade Akerstroem

A warm, witty and joyful novel bursting with charm and unforgettable characters, YINKA is a story about friendship, family, romance, and the most important quest of all--loving and accepting yourself -- Lauren Ho

Yinka, Where is Your Huzband? is a beautiful, big hearted story about friendship, family, and love. Yinka's charming voice draws you in and her journey toward self-acceptance will make you stay. A fun and relatable read -- Emiko Jean, New York Times bestselling author

Glorious debut! Read it over two nights and loved it! -- Nikki May

A sassy, spirited story -- Kirkus Reviews

With an innovative approach, Lizzie Damilola Blackburn deftly immerses us in the life of a loveable Yinka as she straddles two cultures in her search for a 'huzband.' Smart, sophisticated, and fresh this is the 'girl gets herself' type of story I love to read! -- Jayne Allen

Spreadsheets, meddling aunties, and makeovers...Yinka, Where Is Your Huzband? is a delightful journey of a British Nigerian woman longing to find love, and to love herself. Reader, you'll root for Yinka the whole way -- Patricia Park

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About Lizzie Damilola Blackburn

Lizzie Damilola Blackburn is a British-Nigerian writer, born in Peckham, who wants to tell the stories that she and her friends have longed for but never seen - romcoms 'where Cinderella is Black and no-one bats an eyelid'. In 2019 she won the Literary Consultancy Pen Factor Writing Competition with the early draft of Yinka, Where is your Huzband?, which she had been writing alongside juggling her job at Carers UK. She has been at the receiving end of the question in the title of her novel many times, and now lives with her husband in Milton Keynes.

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