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This debut novel from the author of the powerful, universally acclaimed Foreign Gods, Inc. looks at a woman’s drowning and the ensuing investigation in an emerging African nation.

In the country of Madia,based in part on Ndibe’s native Nigeria, a young prostitute runs into the sea and drowns. The last man who spoke to her, the “madman” Bukuru, is asked to account for her last moments. When his testimony implicates the Madian armed forces, Bukuru is arrested and charged with her death. At the first day of trial, Bukuru, acting as his own attorney, counters these charges with allegations of his own, speaking not only of government complicity in a series of violent assaults and killings but also telling the court that the president of Madia himself is guilty of rape and murder.

The incident is hushed up, and Bukuru is sent back to prison where he will likely meet his end. But a young journalist manages to visit him, and together they journey through decades of history that illuminate Bukuru’s life and that of the entire nation.

A brave and powerful work of fiction, Arrows of Rain is a brilliant dramatization of the complex factors behind the near collapse of a nation from one of the most exciting novelists writing today.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Highly evocative.”

    Wole Soyinka, Nobel Prize laureate

  • “The greatest villain in Okey Ndibe’s Arrows of Rain is silence.”

    Vanity Fair

  • “Smart and often deftly written, a parable of power and the humanity it strips away…Arrows of Rain remains a novel of resistance—if not political resistance, exactly, then resistance at the level of the soul.”

    Los Angeles Times

  • “Ndibe is a gifted writer and an adept storyteller, who clearly exults in the telling.”

    Essence magazine

  • "Arrows of Rain is Greek tragedy…It serves as a powerful reminder that the imprint of history—its machinations and cultural usurpations, its elevations and denigrations—is not merely on the subsequent chronicle but on subsequent individual souls as well.”

    Cleveland Plain-Dealer

  • “A fascinating and important story—one that truly must be told.”

    New York Journal of Books

  • “This haunting work about the costs of silence shows that Nbide, who was mentored by the towering Chinua Achebe, belongs in the pantheon of contemporary African-born writers.”

    Library Journal

  • “What do you do, Ndibe asks, when you are faced with injustice and total corruption? When to speak will very likely mean your end? A Kafkaesque, imaginative novel of great necessity and power.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • “Peter Jay Fernandez is an excellent choice as narrator of a book with mostly male characters…Fernandez’s pitch and pace authentically capture the rhythms of accented English from the African continent. He maintains the listener’s interest in the twists and turns of Bukuru’s trial and balances between inner monologues and scenes of extended dialogue with multiple speakers. This is an exploration of the difficulties in obtaining justice as well as gender and class equality in modern-day Africa.”


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About the Author

Okey Ndibe, author of the novels Arrows of Rain and Foreign Gods, Inc., teaches African literature and African diaspora literature at Brown University. He earned an MFA and PhD from the University of Massachusetts–Amherst and has taught at Connecticut College, Bard College–Simon’s Rock, Trinity College (Connecticut), and the University of Lagos (as a Fulbright scholar). He also served on the editorial board of the Hartford Courant, where his essays won national and state awards.