We're thrilled to announce Chigozie Obioma’s THE FISHERMEN (9780316338370) published by Hachette Book Group,  has been shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize!  At 28, Chigozie is the youngest of this year’s shortlisted authors.

Awesome in the true sense of the word: crackling with life, freighted with death, vertiginous both in its style and in the elemental power of its story. Few novels deserve to be called ‘mythic,’ but Chigozie Obioma’s THE FISHERMEN is certainly one of them. A truly magnificent debut.
— Eleanor Catton, author of The Luminaries

THE FISHERMEN is one of six titles on the shortlist, and the 2015 winner will be announced on October 13th in London. The news has already been picked up by the New York Times, Washington Post, The Guardian, BBC, and elsewhere.

The talented Obioma exhibits a richly nuanced understanding of culture and character.... A powerful, haunting tale of grief, healing, and sibling loyalty.
— Kirkus Reviews

Book Synopsis: In a Nigerian town in the mid 1990's, four brothers encounter a madman whose mystic prophecy of violence threatens the core of their close-knit family.

Told from the point of view of nine year old Benjamin, the youngest of four brothers, THE FISHERMEN is the Cain and Abel-esque story of an unforgettable childhood in 1990's Nigeria, in the small town of Akure. When their strict father has to travel to a distant city for work, the brothers take advantage of his extended absence to skip school and go fishing. At the ominous, forbidden nearby river, they meet a dangerous local madman who persuades the oldest of the boys that he is destined to be killed by one of his siblings. 

What happens next is an almost mythic event whose impact-both tragic and redemptive-will transcend the lives and imaginations of its characters and its readers. Dazzling and viscerally powerful, The Fishermen never leaves Akure but the story it tells has enormous universal appeal. Seen through the prism of one family's destiny, this is an essential novel about Africa with all of its contradictions-economic, political, and religious-and the epic beauty of its own culture. 

With this bold debut, Chigozie Obioma emerges as one of the most original new voices of modern African literature, echoing its older generation's masterful storytelling with a contemporary fearlessness and purpose.

Read more at: Hachette Book Group!

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