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Now, this is one sexy African novel.

How to Cook Your Husband the African Way, written by Cameroonian author, Calixthe Beyala,  follows the intrigues in the life of a young Cameroonian woman living and searching for a husband in Paris.

She has her eyes fixed on Mr. Bolobolo, an African man in her apartment complex. But after flaunting her body, which, for whatever reason, he refuses to notice, she decides to cook her way to his heart.

The novel is an urban love story blended with poetic reflections on the seductive and magical powers of food.

The sex scenes are epic!

There is this one scene in her apartment. She and Mr. Bolobolo are eating a dish with a beautifully exotic name—“porcupine with nuts of wild mango.” As the food unleashes intense waves of erotic desires, they decide to do it right there at the dinning table.

The porcupine is delicious. We forget civilization so-called and dive into African savageries. We eat with our fingers like in the tropics. Sauce trickles down our fingers. Mr Bolobolo throws me a menagerie of looks — grimaces, tender little smiles, intense concentration, as if to say it’s good, it’s good, it’s hot like desire. I feel his sweet smell between my thighs which mixes with the smells of porcupine with wild mango nuts and limes. From time to time, we chuckle because we are bursting with desire. And desire can’t wait too long, so we don’t have time to explore the banana dumplings. Lust grabs me so violently, Mr Bolobolo pushes me against the table and slides his hands up my thighs. When he gets to my genitals, I gasp with pain. “What’s the matter,” he says anxiously. In the fires of lust I don’t explain he didn’t wash his hands — and he ate hot peppers with them and now they’re stinging me. I don’t care because I’m in the mood for unusual sensations — and the burning’s one. I shudder, shiver, quiver as Bolobolo melts my body. Any stranger finding us — between the bones of the porcupine, the dirty plates and the flickering red lamp — would think he’d stumbled on a pagan rite.

Now, there are some of you reading this and getting all sorts of ideas. No shame in that! Beyala’s got you covered. The novel comes with a catalog of all 24 recipes used in “cooking” Mr. Bolobolo into a husband.

If there’s a guy or girl you like, don’t waste your time passively waiting for him or her to notice you. Download Beyala’s novel for only 3 dollars HERE and start cooking!

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I hold a doctorate in English from Duke University and recently joined the Marquette University English faculty as an Assistant Professor. I love teaching African fiction and contemporary British novels. Brittle Paper is the virtual space/station where I play and experiment with ideas on how to reinvent African fiction and literary culture.

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