Nigerians keep doing us proud. ‘The Fishermen’ is certainly one of the novels that are awesomely imaginary and fictive which was written by a Nigerian writer Chigozie Obioma. The book has been short-listed for; The Man Booker Price For Fiction, FT/Oppenheimer Awards, Center For Fiction First Novel Prize, Edinburgh Festival First Book Award and long-listed for The Guardian First Book Award.
Below is a synopsis of the book;
In the 1990s Nigeria, four brothers from a quite middle-class family–the oldest 15, and the youngest nine–take advantage of their father’s extended absence to skip school and go fishing at a forbidden river. There they encounter Abulu, a vision-seeing madman whose prophecy of violence will follow the boys through their lives, and shake up their family in both devastatingly tragic and yet redemptive ways. Already deemed a “classic tale of boyhood,” The Fishermen is both a coming-of-age novel, and a powerful portrait of familial and brotherly bonds, and what happens when trust–the main chord that binds a family–is broken.”
A must-read novel.