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Butterfly Fish

Irenosen Okojie

9781909762060
346 pages
Jacaranda Books Art Music
Overview

Butterfly Fish, the Betty Trask award-winning debut novel by Irenosen Okojie is a work of elegant and captivating storytelling. A dual narrative set in contemporary London and 19th century Benin in Africa, the book traverses the realms of magic realism with luminous style and graceful, effortless prose.

After the sudden death of her mother, London photographer Joy struggles to pull the threads of her life back together with the support of her kind but mysterious neighbour Mrs Harris. Joy’s fortunes begin to change when she receives an unexpected inheritance from her mother: a huge sum of money, her grandfather’s diary and a unique brass artefact from the ancient kingdom of Benin.

Joy’s search for the origins of the artefact takes us on a journey through time, and as dark family secrets come to light, Joy unearths the ties between her mother, grandfather, the wife of a king, a fearsome warrior, and the brass head’s pivotal connection to them all.

Haunting and compelling, Butterfly Fish is a richly told story of love and hope, of family secrets, power, political upheaval, loss and coming undone.

Author Bio
Irenosen Okojie is a writer, curator and Arts Project Manager. She has worked with the Royal Shakespeare Company, the Southbank Centre, and the Caine Prize. Her writing has been featured in the Guardian and the Observer. Her short stories have been published internationally, including the Kwani 07 and Phatitude. She was a selected writer by Theatre Royal Stratford East and Writer in Residence for TEDx East End. In 2014, she was the Prize Advocate for the SI Leeds Literary Prize. She is a mentor for the Pen to Print project supported by publisher Constable & Robinson. She lives in east London.