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Award-winning writer Chika Unigwe has a new book out from Cassava Republic Press. Titled Better Never than Late, the book is one of a trio of short story collections released under the Cassava Republic Press series Cassava Shorts. The other books that make up this trio include Toni Kan’s Night of a Creaking Bed (2019) and Abubakar Adam Ibrahim’s The Whispering Trees (2020).

Unigwe announced the news on Twitter:

She also shared a review from none other than 2019 Booker Prize winning author Bernadine Evaristo on Instagram:


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Below is a synopsis of the book from Cassava Republic Press’s website:

Better Never Than Late charts the unconventional lives and love affairs of a group of Nigerian migrants making their way in Belgium. The collection is centered around Prosperous and her husband Agu, and the various visitors who gather at their apartment each week. These interconnected stories explore their struggles and triumphs, from unhappy marriages (of convenience or otherwise), to the pain of homesickness, and the tragic paradox of longing to leave Nigeria so that you may one day return to it.

Unigwe broke out into the global literary scene in 2009 when Jonathan Cape published the English translation of her second novel that was originally written in Dutch, Fata Morgana (2007; the English title is On Black Sister’s Street). Unigwe went on to win the Nigeria Prize for Literature in 2012. Unigwe has since published two more novels, the latest of which is Black Messiah (2014), a fictional rendition of the Nigerian memoirist Olaudah Equiano’s life. Her novel, Night Dancer (2011) was also shortlisted for the Nigeria Prize for Literature in 2016. In 2016, she was appointed Bonderman Professor of Creative Writing at Brown University.

Buy Better Never Than Late here.

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Chukwuebuka Ibeh is a Staff Writer at Brittle Paper. His work has been published in McSweeney's, Clarion Review, Charles River Journal and elsewhere.

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