Nigerian novelist Ayobami Adebayo has a new book on its way, reports Kirkus Review. Titled A Spell of Good Things, the novel centers on “two families in Nigeria at opposite ends of the economic spectrum, whose lives collide when political turmoil erupts in their city.”
Ayobami Adebayo was catapulted to limelight with the publication of her debut novel Stay With Me in 2017. The novel was enthusiastically reviewed by literary critics, winning many literary honors including the 2018 9mobile Prize for Literature, 2020 Priax Les Afriques and making the shortlist for the 2017 Women’s Prize for Fiction and the Wellcome Book Prize.
Ayobami revealed in a statement that the idea for the new book was conceived “after a detour compelled me to realize what remained invisible to me in a town that I had long called home. While it has taken a few years to write a novel I hope illuminates the tangled longings of its characters, I’m excited to share it with readers.”
Jennifer Jackson, Vice President and Executive Editor of Knopf says that the the new novel “exceeds all the promises made by the first.” The British edition will be edited Ellah Wakatama, Editor at Large of Canongate. The novel will be published simultaneously by Knopf in the US and by Canongate in the UK in Summer 2022.