Chigozie Obioma truly is the heir to Chinua Achebe

New York Times Book Review

CHIGOZIE OBIOMA was born in 1986 in Akure, Nigeria, and currently lives in the United States. He graduated from the University of Michigan with an MFA in Creative Writing and was a recipient of a Hopwood Award in fiction and poetry. He is now an assistant professor of Literature and Creative Writing at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

His debut novel, The Fishermen, is winner of the inaugural FT/Oppenheimer Award for Fiction, the NAACP Image Awards for Debut Literary Work, and the Art Seidenbaum Award for First Fiction (Los Angeles Times Book Prizes); and was a finalist for the Man Booker Prize 2015, as well as for several other prizes in the US and UK. Translation rights are sold in twenty-six languages. Obioma was named one of Foreign Policy's 100 Leading Global Thinkers of 2015.

Read Chigozie Obioma's essays in The Millions:The Audacity of Prose and The Transcendent Power of Triangular Fiction

"I just finished reading Chigozie Obioma's astonishing first novel…The writing is so crisp, the story so unusual, that I couldn't put the book down even though it disturbed me. It was written to disturb. Four brothers, conceived by their parents to become happy and successful men, become instead harbingers of immense torment and grief. Someone must have observed that it is our children who can break us, when all other systems of oppression have failed. That is part of the tidings of this remarkable, mythic, book." Alice Walker

Chigozie Obioma's website www.chigozieobioma.com