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Nigerian-American writer Julie Iromuanya is set to publish her second novel A Season of Light in 2024. The novel features the Nigerian Civil War as setting and will be published by Algonquin.

According to Publisher’s Marketplace, Iromuanya’s second novel is “a family drama about a parasomniac war veteran haunted by the disappearance of his sister, who has been missing since the Nigerian Civil War.” However, the story gets more complicated as the war veteran’s daughter, son, and wife pay a steep price for the main character’s unvanquished inner demons.

Parasomnia is a sleep disorder that involves “unusual and undesirable physical events or experiences that disrupt your sleep.” It often includes abnormal movements, strange conversations, expressing of emotions, or behaving unusually. For instance, sleep terrors are a kind of parasomnia.

Based on the book description, it sounds like A Season of Light features a troubled protagonist with complex demons in his past. Iromuanya’s novel highlights the context of the civil war and its aftermath on veterans and their families. We are certain that it will be a fascinating read!

Julie Iromuanya earned her PhD at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and is currently an assistant professor and director of undergraduate studies in the Program in Creative Writing at the University of Chicago. Her debut novel Mr. and Mrs. Doctor (2015) was a finalist for the PEN/Faulkner Award, the PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize for Debut Fiction, the Etisalat Prize for Literature, and the National Book Critics Circle John Leonard Prize for Debut Fiction.

Congrats to Iromuanya on her second novel! Stay tuned for more details.