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Bitter Leaf by Chioma Okereke

Bitter Leaf

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This elegantly written story revolves around the beautiful Jericho and the love triangle she finds herself in and the repercussions this has in the fictional African village of Mannobe. The author is also a poet and this becomes self-evident the more you read of this lyrical enchanting prose, so be prepared to get lost in the Africa she creates.

If you like Chioma Okereke you might also like to read books by Nicholas Drayson, Helen Oyeyemi and Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie.


Bitter Leaf by Chioma Okereke

Bitter Leaf is a richly textured and intricate novel set in Mannobe, a world that is African in nature but never geographically placed. At the heart of the novel is the village itself and its colourful cast of inhabitants: Babylon, a gifted musician who falls under the spell of the beautiful Jericho who has recently returned from the city; Mabel and M'elle Codon, twin sisters whose lives have taken very different paths, Magdalena, daughter of Mabel, who nurses an unrequited love for Babylon and Allegory, the wise old man who adheres to tradition. As lives and relationships change and Mannobe is challenged by encroaching development, the fragile web of dependency holding village life together is gradually revealed. An evocatively imagined debut novel from a promising new writer about love and loss, parental and filial bonds, and everything in between that makes life bittersweet.

About the Author

Chioma Okereke

Chioma Okereke was born in Benin City, Nigeria. She started her writing career as a poet and performed throughout Europe and the United States before turning her hand to fiction. Her work has been shortlisted in the Undiscovered Authors Competition 2006,run by Bookforce UK, and in the Daily Telegraph's 'Write a Novel in a Year' Competition in 2007.

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19th January 2012


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