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by Jowhor Ile | Read by Chukwudi Iwuji

The author uses dramatic, insistent tones to draw the listener into the Utu family's story of love and loss. The vividness of Chukwudi Iwuji's narration enlivens the imagery at the heart of this novel, set in modern-day Nigeria. When golden boy Paul Utu inexplicably disappears, the mystery wrenches the family into chaos. This personal drama provides the backdrop against which larger national politics unfold. Listeners discover that Nigeria's economic development comes at the expense of the majority of its citizens--and Paul's inability to overlook corruption. Iwuji's cadence creates an African-sounding English that is central to the characterizations in this story. His talent comes through in his capable treatment of male and female characters. M.R. Winner of AudioFile Earphones Award © AudioFile 2016, Portland, Maine