Don’t Answer When They Call Your Name

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Author: Ukamaka Olisakwe

YA Fiction | Paperback | ISBN: 9781738699322 | Pages: 144

When the streams suddenly run dry in Ani Mmadu, the people know it is time to atone for a sin that goes back to the very beginning of their world, the consequence of the rebellion of one woman against the all-powerful and unforgiving, jealous god. To avert this catastrophe and for the waters to flow and nourish the farms again, the people must send a child of Aja, chosen by the Oracle, into the Forest of Iniquity, to atone for that great sin. It falls on young Adanne to save her people this time. But the Ajas sent into the dreaded forest tend never to return. Is Adanne the long-awaited one who will buck the trend and end the suffering of her people? This is an extraordinary novel bursting with kaleidoscopic worlds and beings. It is a feat of the imagination from a born storyteller.

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Ukamaka Olisakwe grew up in Kano, Nigeria, and now lives in Vermillion, South Dakota. In 2014, she was named one of the continents’s most promising writers under the age of 40 by the UNESCO World Book Capital for the Africa39 project. In 2016, she was awarded an honorary fellowship in Writing from the International Writing Program at the University of Iowa, and was a resident fellow at the City of Asylum in Pittsburgh. In 2018, she won the Vermont College of Fine Arts’ Emerging Writer Scholarship for the MFA in Writing and Publishing program. In 2019, she was shortlisted for the Brittle Paper Award for Creative Nonfiction. In 2021, she won the SpringNG Women Authors Prize for her novel, Ogadinma. In 2022, she was named runner-up for the Gerald Kraak Prize. A finalist of the Miles Morland Writing Scholarship, her works have appeared in the New York Times, Granta, Longreads, The Rumpus, Catapult, Rattle, Google Arts and Cullture, Brittle Paper, and more.

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Weight 380 g
Dimensions 13.72 × 2.29 × 21.59 cm


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