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Author: Tope Folarin Narrator: Prentice Onayemi Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Audio Length: Release Date: August 2019 Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download ISBN: 9781508294573

Publisher Description

A stunning debut novel, from Rhodes Scholar and winner of the Caine Prize for African Writing, Tope Folarin about a Nigerian family living in Utah and their uncomfortable assimilation to American life.

Living in small-town Utah has always been an uneasy fit for Tunde Akinola’s family, especially for his Nigeria-born parents. Though Tunde speaks English with a Midwestern accent, he can’t escape the children who rub his skin and ask why the black won’t come off. As he struggles to fit in and find his place in the world, he finds little solace from his parents who are grappling with their own issues.

Tunde’s father, ever the optimist, works tirelessly chasing his American dream while his wife, lonely in Utah without family and friends, sinks deeper into schizophrenia. Then one otherwise-ordinary morning, Tunde’s mother wakes him with a hug, bundles him and his baby brother into the car, and takes them away from the only home they’ve ever known.

But running away doesn’t bring her, or her children, any relief from the demons that plague her; once Tunde’s father tracks them down, she flees to Nigeria, and Tunde never feels at home again. He spends the rest of his childhood and young adulthood searching for connection—to the wary stepmother and stepbrothers he gains when his father remarries; to the Utah residents who mock his father’s accent; to evangelical religion; to his Texas middle school’s crowd of African-Americans; to the fraternity brothers of his historically black college. In so doing, he discovers something that sends him on a journey away from everything he has known.

Sweeping, stirring, and perspective-shifting, A Particular Kind of Black Man is a beautiful and poignant exploration of the meaning of memory, manhood, home, and identity as seen through the eyes of a first-generation Nigerian-American.

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Quotes

  • “Wild, vulnerable, lived…A study of the particulate self, the self as a constellation of moving parts.”

    - New York Times Book Review
  • “From the breathless first sentence, to the devastating last, this is a particularly mesmerizing kind of novel.”

    - Marlon James, Man Booker Prize–winning author
  • "[A] tender, cunning debut…Folarin pulls off the crafty trick of simultaneously bringing scenes to sharp life and undercutting their reliability, and evokes the complexities of life as a second-generation African-American in simple, vivid prose. Folarin’s debut is canny and electrifying.”

    - Publishers Weekly

Awards

  • New York Times Book Review Editor’s Choice
  • A Washington Post Pick of Most Anticipated Books of 2019

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About the Author

Tope Folarin is a Nigerian-American writer based in Washington, DC. He won the Caine Prize for African Writing in 2013 and was shortlisted once again in 2016. He was also recently named to the Africa39 list of the most promising African writers under thirty-nine. He was educated at Morehouse College and the University of Oxford, where he earned two Master’s degrees as a Rhodes Scholar. He is the author of A Particular Kind of Black Man.

About the Narrator

Prentice Onayemi is an Earphones Award–winning audiobook narrator and a voice and film actor who is known for his roles in The Steam-Room Crooner, AmeriQua, and as Joey in the Tony Award–winning play War Horse.