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Chigozie Obioma

Chigozie Obioma was born in Nigeria. He has lived in Cyprus, Turkey and now the United States where he is a Helen Zell fellow at the University of Michigan. A recipient of Hopwood Awards in fiction and poetry, his fiction has appeared in Virginia Quarterly Review and Transition.

Genres: Literary Fiction
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Booker Prize Best Novel nominee (2015) : The Fishermen
Booker Prize Best Novel nominee (2019) : An Orchestra of Minorities

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How Much of These Hills Is Gold (2020)
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Via Negativa (2020)
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Night Came with Many Stars (2021)
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"An ambitious and deeply humane novel about the lives of an American family across multiple generations."
Flight Risk (2021)
Joy Castro
"Funny, sexy, and transfixing, Joy Castro’s Flight Risk is a meditation on love, marriage, art, family, womanhood—and therefore, life itself. Castro skillfully builds tension, and the slow intensity with which the plot’s arc forms gives the novel its exquisite and powerful impact."
Velorio (2022)
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"Velorio is a novel reckoning with the tragic event of the great Puerto Rican hurricane and a vibrant examination of quiet lives in extremis. It is an assured, brilliant debut from a new, gifted writer."
A Down Home Meal for These Difficult Times (2022)
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