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Love Is Power, Or Something Like That

(2013)
A collection of stories by

 
Vivid, powerful stories of contemporary Nigeria, from a talented young author
* An NPR, Flavorwire, and Largehearted Boy Best Book of the Year * One of the Millions's Most Anticipated Books of 2013 *

When it comes to love, things are not always what they seem. In contemporary Lagos, a young boy may pose as a woman online, and a maid may be suspected of sleeping with her employer and yet still become a young wife's confidante. Men and women can be objects of fantasy, the subject of beery soliloquies. They can be trophies or status symbols. Or they can be overwhelming in their need.
In the wide-ranging stories in Love Is Power, or Something Like That, A. Igoni Barrett roams the streets with people from all stations of life. A man with acute halitosis navigates the chaos of the Lagos bus system. A minor policeman, full of the authority and corruption of his uniform, beats his wife. A family's fortunes fall from love and wealth to infidelity and poverty as poor choices unfurl over three generations. With humor and tenderness, Barrett introduces us to an utterly modern Nigeria, where desire is a means to an end, and love is a power as real as money.

 
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Paperback Editions

January 2013 : UK Paperback
Title: Love is Power or Something Like That
Author(s): A Igoni Barrett
ISBN: 0-7011-8739-5 / 978-0-7011-8739-2 (UK edition)
Publisher: Chatto & Windus
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May 2013 : USA Paperback
Title: Love Is Power, or Something Like That: Stories
Author(s): A Igoni Barrett
ISBN: 1-55597-640-9 / 978-1-55597-640-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: Graywolf Press
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   

Kindle Editions

July 2013 : UK Kindle edition
Title: Love is Power or Something Like That
Author(s): A Igoni Barrett
Publisher: Vintage Digital
Availability: Amazon UK   

May 2013 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
Title: Love Is Power, or Something Like That: Stories
Author(s): A Igoni Barrett
Publisher: Graywolf Press
Availability: Amazon   Amazon CA   



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