“ The taboo subject of an older woman’s sexuality, portrayed with courage, skill, and delicacy, is explored in the context of the criminal underworld and the corrupt politics that exploits it. This is a novel to be savored.” – Zoë Wicomb, Chair of Judges, Caine Prize for African Writing
An affair between 55-year-old widow Binta Zubairu and 26-year-old weed dealer Hassan ‘Reza’ was bound to provoke condemnation in conservative Northern Nigeria. Brought together in unusual circumstances, Binta and Reza faced a need they could only satisfy in each other. Binta – previously reconciled with God – now yearns for intimacy after the sexual repression of her marriage, the pain of losing her first son and the privations of widowhood. Meanwhile, Reza’s heart lies empty and waiting to be filled due to the absence of a mother. The situation comes to a head when Binta’s wealthy son confronts Reza, with disastrous consequences.
This story of love and longing – set against undercurrents of political violence – unfurls gently, revealing layers of emotion that defy age, class, and religion.
Rights: World rights available
Publisher: Cassava Republic Press, Nigeria/UK
Publishing date: May 2016
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