A university graduate in desperate need for a job. A father’s vengeance for a dead son. A young pragmatic man humbled by the horrors of incarceration. An old man’s dying gift to a generation. A journalist’s courage in a notorious military government. A young corper’s temperance of religion, love and survival.
From the quiet town of Umuahia, the sweltering plains of Jos to the bustling hub of Lagos, these Nigerian men have a story to tell. Stories of life, love, family, happiness, sorrow, pestilence and death – situations faced every day in their lives. Armed with objectivity, while some face dire consequences with process to pay; with their freedom, or worst yet, their lives.
Author: Amara Nicoke Okolo
Paperback: 120 pages
Publisher: Parrésia Publishers Ltd.
“Who tells the story? Is it the machete that witnesses a man’s pain or the man that wields the machete? Is it the man searching for a loved one or the word she uses to express his journey? Is it the shoes that are falling apart from the overuse or their owner of the brink of giving up?
these six stories of love, loss, pain and murder, Amara Akolo harnesses her
powers of description, giving us POVs we would never consider in this
collection filled with humans frailties.
Son of Man is an outstanding collection from a
writer fast establishing herself as a unique storyteller in a sea of new
voices.” – Enajite Efemuaye
“What Amara Nicole Okor presents in her short story collection, Son of Man, are objects and ideas so defining of the six protagonists, she imbues them with their humanity. They are second skins the men inhabit, experiencing their love and pain. They are their third eye, weeping at the human condition. They are the men’s voices, message bearers, speaking the men’s stories with a force, a clarity and an authority the men are denied.” – Olatoun Williams, Book Border Reviews
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