This year’s first book selection is one I couldn’t put down. A story that grips hold of you and takes you on a ride through the beautifully written 352 pages and then releases you gasping for air at the tragic ending.
“A Spell of Good Things” by Ayọ̀bámi Adébáyọ̀ tells the story of Eniola, who is tall for his age, a boy who looks like a man. Because his father has lost his job, Eniola spends his days running errands for the local tailor, collecting newspapers, begging when he must, and dreaming of a big future.
Wuraola is a golden girl, the perfect child of a wealthy family. Now an exhausted young doctor in her first year of practice, she is beloved by Kunle, the volatile son of an ascendant politician.
When a local politician takes an interest in Eniola, and sudden violence shatters a family party, Wuraola’s and Eniola’s lives become intertwined.
A gripping story of poverty, wealth, and politics set in Nigeria told in such vivid detail, this book will stay with you long after you finish reading.
Highlighting Harriets Bookshop a black owned book store in Philadelphia you can purchase this months book selection HERE