Three Nigerian authors, Oyinkan Braithwaite, Akwaeke Emezi and Diana Evans have made the Longlist for the 2019 Women’s Prize for Fiction.
The Women’s Prize for Fiction is one of the most respected, most celebrated and most successful literary awards in the world. An annual award, it celebrates the very best full length fiction written by women throughout the world.
Read about the authors and a summary of their books here
Oyinkan is a graduate of Creative Writing and Law from Kingston University. In 2014, she was shortlisted as a top ten spoken word artist in the Eko Poetry Slam. In 2016, she was shortlisted for the Commonwealth Short Story Prize.
Nominated for her book, My Sister, the Serial Killer; it follows the story of Korede, whose younger sister, Ayoola kills her boyfriends in the name of self defense. She should probably go to the police but she loves her sister and, as they say, family always comes first. Until, that is, Ayoola starts dating the doctor where Korede works as a nurse. Korede’s long been in love with him, and isn’t prepared to see him wind up with a knife in his back: but to save one would mean sacrificing the other…
Akwaeke is an Igbo and Tamil writer and video artist based in liminal spaces.
Nominated for her book, FRESHWATER; it follows the story of Ada, who was born with one foot on the other side. Having prayed her into existence, her parents struggle to deal with the volatile and contradictory spirits peopling their troubled girl. When Ada comes of age and heads to college, the entities within her grow in power and agency. An assault leads to a crystallization of her selves. As Ada fades into the background of her own mind and these selves – now protective, now hedonistic – seize control of Ada, her life spirals in a dark and dangerous direction.
Diana is an award winning Nigerian-British novelist, journalist and critic who was born and lives in London. She has written three full-length novels.
Nominated for her book, Ordinary people; it follows the story of two couples, who find themselves at a moment of reckoning, on the brink of acceptance or revolution. Melissa has a new baby and doesn’t want to let it change her but, in the crooked walls of a narrow Victorian terrace, she begins to disappear. Michael, growing daily more accustomed to his commute, still loves Melissa but can’t quite get close enough to her to stay faithful.
Meanwhile out in the suburbs, Stephanie is happy with Damian and their three children, but the death of Damian’s father has thrown him into crisis – or is it something, or someone, else? Are they all just in the wrong place? Are any of them prepared to take the leap?