Nigerian-Canadian author Louisa Onome’s third book is a novel titled Risen. It will be published by Atria Books in Spring 2024. This news comes ahead of the publication of her second novel next month.
Onome holds a BA in professional writing from York University and also a MA in counseling psychology. Her work explores teenage experience within the context of family and community. Her first book titled Like Home was published last year and follows a sixteen girl, Chinelo, whose life is turned upside down after an act of vandalism shakes her community. Twice as Perfect is the her second book, also about teenage girl. Seventeen year old Adanna Nkwachi. Adanna is juggling a wide range of responsibilities: her parents expectations about her future, helping a cousin with a wedding, and her role on her high school’s debate team. On top of all of this, she is also working to rebuild a bond with her estranged brother, Sam, who left the family home and now returned.
According to Publisher’s Lunch, the third novel, Risen, has been pitched “as combining the humor and family dynamics of Dial A for Aunties with the grief and revelations of Black Cake.” The story features a “Nigerian Canadian family that has gathered to celebrate their matriarch’s birthday on Good Friday when she suddenly passes away and they need to pivot to plan her funeral or await her resurrection on Easter Sunday.”
Congratulations to Louisa! We look forward to Twice as Perfect this summer and Risen in the near future!