Saturday, February 01, 2020

Four top shorter novels

Ayòbámi Adébáyò is the author of Stay With Me, which was shortlisted for the Kwani? Manuscript Project as a work in progress in 2013. After it was published in 2017, it was shortlisted for the Baileys Prize for Women’s Fiction, the Wellcome Book Prize and the 9mobile Prize for Literature. It was also longlisted for the International Dylan Thomas Prize. Stay With Me was named a Notable Book of the Year by The New York Times and a Best Book of the Year by The Guardian, The Economist, The Wall Street Journal and many other publications. Ayọ̀bámi was born in Lagos, Nigeria.

At the Guardian she tagged four books shorter than 250 pages "because of the remarkable characters that make them so unforgettable," including:
Kopano Matlwa’s Evening Primrose weaves the endometriosis and period pain of a young doctor called Masechaba into a fragmented yet cohesive narrative. Structured around her journal entries, the book blends the intimate and political to create visceral and poignant motifs about its narrator and post-apartheid South Africa.
Read about another entry on the list.

--Marshal Zeringue