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Tiny Sunbirds Far Away
Reviewed by- linda (2012/01/22, 07:54 PM)
This is a compelling coming of age story told from the perspective of a young girl. As the novel opens, Blessing is twelve years old and living in a modern Nigerian apartment. When her parents divorce, she moves to the Niger Delta with her mother and brother. The life style change is dramatic for them its a poverty stricken area lacking clean water and electricity. Local hoodlums terrorize them and they are constantly besieged by the challenges of living in this volatile area. The author does a great job of incorporating the injustices being played out by the rich oil companies into the story. This is an area rich in oil, yet for the local residents it does more harm than good. The characters in this book are full of life and the author infuses the book with political conflicts and social issues. In short, an excellent debut novel, with engaging characters and a clean writing style. Short listed for the Costa first novel award. Recommend.Back.

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