Nigerian writer and filmmaker Umar Turaki’s debut novel Such a Beautiful Thing to Behold will be published by Little A, an imprint of Amazon Publishing.

The novel was “pitched to Selena James at Little A, in a pre-empt, in a two-book deal by Turaki’s agent Andrea Somberg at Harvey Klinger,” reports Publishers Marketplace.

The Nigerian rights to the novel was acquired by Farafina Kachifo. Turaki has a history with the latter, having attended the Chimamanda Adichie-facilitated Farafina Creative Writing Workshop in 2016.

Reportedly pitched as “an allegorical tale in the vein of Station Eleven, in which a small community is cut off from the world after a mysterious illness leaves only children behind,” the novel is forthcoming in 2022.

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Turaki shared the news on Twitter, adding that it was his “deepest, most precious dream for 20 years.”

Brittle Paper congratulates Umar Turaki.