The only news more exciting than the forthcoming release of a new book by your favorite author is when the said book is connected to a book by another favorite author.
Tochi Onyebuchi’s new book, titled (S)kin Folk: Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s Americanah, is his take on Adichie’s acclaimed novel. In an Instagram post about the book, Onyebuchi says that the book “use[s] critical analysis of Americanah as a pretext for writing about my political education, my love life, Palestine, Paris, and Mom…”.
The book is forthcoming from Fiction Advocate and is scheduled for publication on April 13.
Onyebuchi, who was born in the US to Nigerian parents, is the celebrated author of several books for young adults and the adult novel Riot Baby, which won an Alex Award.
Here’s a description of (S)kin Folk from its publisher:
When Did You First Realize You Were Black?
Provoked by the fraught relationship between the African continent and American culture in Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s Americanah, acclaimed Nigerian-American novelist Tochi Onyebuchi takes an emotional and intellectual journey through his own education in Blackness—his first loves, his introduction to politics, and his eventual commitment to the struggle.
Ranging from Paris to a Connecticut boarding school to a harrowing walk through the streets of Palestine, and touching on lessons from Frantz Fanon, Sylvia Wynter, Mohsin Hamid, August Wilson, Dear White People, and Black Panther, Onyebuchi blends memoir and cultural criticism to explore the ways in which identities, like diamonds, are pressurized into existence by suffering, and how “the other side of suffering is self-determination.”
(S)kinfolk culminates in a trip to Nigeria, the homeland, where the author realizes that “we share a future,” as Black Americans and Africans, on this “asymptotic journey” toward self-actualization.
Pre-order the book here.