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Who Fears Death?

By (author) Nnedi Okorafor

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The critically-acclaimed novel-now in paperback. In a far-future, post-apocalyptic Saharan Africa, genocide plagues one region. When the only surviving member of a slain village is brutally raped, she manages to escape, wandering farther into the desert. She gives birth to a baby girl with hair and skin the color of sand, and instinctively knows her daughter is different. She names her daughter Onyesonwu, which means "Who Fears Death?" in an ancient African tongue. Reared under the tutelege of a mysterious and traditional shaman, Onyesonwu discovers she possesses a remarkable and unique magic. The journey to fulfill her destiny will force her to confront nature, tradition, history, the spiritual mysteries of her culture, and eventually to learn why she was given the unusual name she bears: Who Fears Death?

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  • Paperback | 386 pages
  • 150 x 226 x 24mm | 399.16g
  • 07 Jun 2011
  • Penguin Putnam Inc
  • DAW BOOKS
  • New York
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 0756406692
  • 9780756406691
  • 117,788

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Author Information

Nnedi Okorafor was born in the United States to two Igbo (Nigerian) immigrant parents. She holds a PhD in English and is a professor of creative writing at Chicago State University. She has been the winner of many awards for her short stories and young adult books, and won a World Fantasy Award for "Who Fears Death." Nnedi's books are inspired by her Nigerian heritage and her many trips to Africa. She lives in Chicago with her daughter Anyaugo and family. She can be contacted via her website, www.nnedi.com.

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"A fantastical, magical blend of grand storytelling." "Publishers Weekly" (starred review) "Beautifully written, this is dystopian fantasy at its very best. Expertly exploring issues of race, gender, and cultural identity, Okorafor blends future fantasy with the rhythm and feel of African storytelling. " "Library Journal" (starred review) "Both wondrously magical and terribly realistic." "The Washington Post" "Believable, nuanced characters of color and an unbiased view of an Africa full of technology, mysticism, culture clashes and true love." "Ebony Magazine" (editor's pick) "Her pacing is tight. Her expository sections sing like poetry. Descriptions of paranormal people and battles are disturbingly vivid and palpable. But most crucial to the book's success is how the author slowly transforms Onye's pursuit of her rapist father from a personal vendetta to a struggle to transform the social systems that created him." "The Village Voice" "Okorafor is a master storyteller who combines recent history, fantasy, tradition, advanced technology, and culture into something wonderful and new that should not be missed." "RT Book Review" (top pick) "To compare author Nnedi Okorafor to the late Octavia E. Butler would be easy to do, but this simple comparison should not detract from Okorafor s unique storytelling gift." "New York Journal of Books" "

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