The Day Ends Like Any Day
In the slum they call The Blocks, growing up is a strange affair...Sam, a young Nigerian whose father only speaks to the children once he has taken on enough alcohol, and whose mother won't accept that Sam is different from his siblings, is formed by the people he meets, the gay young man he cannot rescue from his tormentors, the girl whose rapist escapes when the women of the block march to mete out justice on him; and Pa Suku, a strange figure who opens Sam's eyes to books and music, poetry and jazz. Then Sam goes to college and confronts his own sexuality, his own lack of belonging. The Day Ends Like Any Day is the lyrical, challenging account of the multiple lives of a young Nigerian who refuses to accept that he has been shaped by the traumas of his past.
- Paperback | 268 pages
- 127 x 203.2 x 22.86mm | 317.51g
- 28 Sep 2017
- Holland House Books
- Newbury, United Kingdom
'A vibrant coming-of-age tale which looks back to urban Nigerian classics such as Cyprian Ekwensi's Lokotown but also forward to an unfolding picture of African identity that is both global and cosmopolitan' Giles Foden, author of The Last King of Scotland; 'An intense exploration of beauty, friendship, and self-discovery told with compassion. The characters linger with you long after the reading.' Tendai Huchu, author of The Hairdresser of Harare; 'Timothy Ogene's beautiful novel is a new form of Bildungsroman, in which the theme of coming of age becomes a coming of language: Sam's story is also a journey through books and memories, so much so that a life's journey is not only oriented forwards, but also backwards. As the title suggests, the days become not a flow of time-limited sequences, but an eternal present that shrinks or expands through the power of our own mind.' The African Book Review
About Timothy Ogene
Timothy Ogene was born and raised in Nigeria, but have since lived in Liberia, Germany, and the UK. His poems and stories have appeared in Numero Cinq, Tahoma Literry Review, Kin Poetry Journal, Poetry Quarterly, One Throne Magazine, The Missing Slate, Blue Rock Review, Mad Swirl, aaduna, and other places. He is the author of Descent & Other Poems, and holds degrees from St. Edward's University and the University of Oxford.