Blackbird (by Jude Dibia)
Blackbird is a captivating story of a world in transition. Through a quartet of characters, the admirable Maya and her devoted husband Omoniyi, the formidable Nduesoh and her philandering husband Edward, the novel depicts how their connected world progresses towards crisis and tragedy. Blackbird is a provocative and evocative novel from start to finish. It lays bare all the fatal flaws of humanity — love and jealousy, need and possessiveness, care and self-preservation — and does so through a style that is finely judged and accessible. Building on its author’s previous ground-breaking novels, this latest follows his interest in how traditional beliefs and personal experiences clash to force explosive changes. Blackbird is an important modern novel by a contemporary Nigerian writer.
- Jalala Collective