02 Feb February Books of the Month by Ziyanda
Publisher: Alfred A. Knopf (2013)
Americanah tells the tale of Ifemelu (Ifem), a fierce Nigerian woman who after completing high school, leaves her home country to go study in America. Through a blog which Ifem creates while living in America and her own experiences, the book explores topics such as race, black hair, image, life as an immigrant and interracial dating. Interwoven into this is Ifem’s love story with her high school sweetheart, Obinze. Upon returning to Nigeria years later, their paths cross and the spark is reignited. There’s love. There’s passion. But Obinze is a married man.
This book is truly “unputdownable”. It’s excellently written and so relatable it could’ve been about any African girl. By the end, you’ll either be routing for Ifem and Obinze’s love story or you’ll be labelling her a home-wrecker but everyone is entitled to their own opinion.
Publisher: Mutnomah Publishers (1997)
Sarah never had an easy childhood. Exposed to prostitution from a tender age, it was inevitable that she took on the profession later on in life. Being absolutely beautiful, she wasn’t the average hooker. She was top-of-the-range. Exclusive. Expensive. One day Michael, a Christian man, while out to sell
produce, lays his eyes on Sarah. And he falls in love (naturally). Micheal goes on to save Sarah’s life, first literally and then figuratively. But Sarah does not understand what love is and the road to getting her there is a long and tough one for Micheal.
Being Christian is not a prerequisite to reading and enjoying this book but if you are Christian, you’ll notice that this book is of Hosea and Gomer. Of Ruth and Boaz. Of Sarah and Abraham. Of patience and kindness. Of God’s redeeming love.
Publisher: HlomuPublishing (2015)
“Naledi – His Love” is the third book in the Hlomu series. The series is based on the partners of fictional characters, the Zulu brothers. The Zulu brothers are tycoons of the South African taxi industry – they are rich, powerful and good looking but don’t get excited, they are also extremely dangerous. Naledi, a young doctor born of royalty one day, while at the mall, has an encounter with the 4th oldest (of 8) Zulu brother, Qhawe. And that is the beginning of their beautiful (but not without drama) love story…
The Hlomu series is probably the best thing that has happened to the South African fiction-books scene in the past decade. It’s well written, has an amazing storyline and is relatable for most brown girls. But be warned before you even start, it’s highly addictive – symptoms include inability to sleep (because you’re reading it) and anxiety (when you’re not reading it and doing something else like office work).
This article was written by Ziyanda from @books_over_brekkie