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An unforgettable debut novel about a boy who goes missing, a family that is torn apart, and a nation on the brink

During the rainy season of 1995, in the bustling town of Port Harcourt, Nigeria, one family’s life is disrupted by the sudden disappearance of seventeen-year-old Paul Utu, beloved brother and son. As they grapple with the sudden loss of their darling boy, they embark on a painful and moving journey of immense power which changes their lives forever and shatters the fragile ecosystem of their once ordered family.

Ajie, the youngest sibling, is burdened with the guilt of having seen Paul last and convinced that his vanished brother was betrayed long ago. But his search for the truth uncovers hidden family secrets and reawakens old, long forgotten ghosts as rumors of police brutality, oil shortages, and frenzied student protests serve as a backdrop to his pursuit.

In a tale that moves seamlessly back and forth through time, Ajie relives a trip to the family’s ancestral village where, together, he and his family listen to the myths of how their people settled there, while the villagers argue over the mysterious company, who found oil on their land and will do anything to guarantee support. As the story builds towards its stunning conclusion, it becomes clear that only once past and present come to a crossroads will Ajie and his family finally find the answers they have been searching for.

And After Many Days introduces Ile’s spellbinding ability to tightly weave together personal and political loss until, inevitably, the two threads become nearly indistinguishable. It is a masterful story of childhood, of the delicate and complex balance between the powerful and the powerless, and a searing portrait of a community as the old order gives way to the new.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Ile creates an atmosphere of ominous tension and renders the grief of the family in restrained and moving language. He has a particular talent for reflecting the perfect details that make even a passing moment come to life.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “This engrossing novel, couched in poetic, evocative language, creates a suspenseful yet sophisticated narrative from the first page…A deeply rewarding novel that heralds the birth of a major new literary talent.”

    Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

  • “Ile’s debut novel pits the personal against the political in a slow-burning family drama.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Equal parts family mystery, government critique, and meditation on love and loss, Ile’s telling words will appeal to anyone who enjoys a story well told.”

    Library Journal

  • “The vividness of Chukwudi Iwuji’s narration enlivens the imagery at the heart of this novel, set in modern-day Nigeria…Iwuji’s cadence creates an African-sounding English that is central to the characterizations in this story. His talent comes through in his capable treatment of male and female characters. Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award.”


  • “This rich book is ripe with mood and full of love, masterfully written with the perfect emotional pitch.”

    Binyavanga Wainaina, author of One Day I Will Write about This Place

  • “Ile’s debut is many things: an achingly tender portrait of family life, a brilliantly executed whodunit, a searing critique of Nigerian politics, a meditation on love…The Utu family will stay with me always.”

    Taiye Selasi, author of Ghana Must Go

  • “Paints a vivid picture of a changing society, effortlessly shifting between moments and years, all while keeping us grounded in a growing boy’s understanding of himself and the surrounding world.”

    Uzodinma Iweala, author of Beasts of No Nation

  • A Flavorwire Pick for the 50 Most Anticipated Books of 2016
  • Winner of an AudioFile Earphones Award
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