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I Do Not Come to You by Chance

Adaobi Tricia Nwaubani

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Africa, Fiction, Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)

Winner of the Commonwealth Writers' Prize for Best First Book, Africa Region. Check your May order!

Kingsley is fresh out of university, eager to find an engineering job so he can support his family and marry the girl of his dreams. Being the opara of the family, he is entitled to certain privileges - a piece of meat in his egusi soup, a party to celebrate his graduation. But times are hard in Nigeria and jobs are not easy to come by.

In desperation he turns to his uncle Boniface - aka Cash Daddy - an exuberant character who suffers from elephantiasis of the pocket. He is also rumoured to run a successful empire of email scams. But he can help. With Cash Daddy's intervention, Kingsley and his family can be as safe as a tortoise under its shell.

It is up to Kingsley now to reconcile his passion for knowledge with his hunger for money, to fully assume his role of first son. But can he do it without being drawn into this outlandish milieu?

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Praise for I Do Not Come to You by Chance

  • [Nwaubani] not merely explores a side of modern existence that touches millions every day, but does so with wit, warmth and insight.' - Independent.

  • [Nwaubani's] pointed and poignant first novel is a lively, good-humored and provocative examination of the truth behind a global inbox of deceit. - Washington Post.

  • This is a fast, fresh, often hilarious first novel, by one of the remarkably talented young African writers who are rapidly making everyone else look stale. - The Times.

  • Nwaubani does a great job of detailing the frantic pulse of urban Nigeria. - Time Out.

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Adaobi Tricia Nwaubani

Adaobi Tricia Nwaubani grew up in the eastern part of Nigeria, among the Igbo
speaking people-the major culprits of 419 scams . She lives in Nigeria. I DO NOT COME TO YOU BY CHANCE is her first novel. It won a Betty Trask Award, the Commonwealth Writers' Prize for Best First Book (Africa), and was a finalist for the 2010 Wole Soyinka Prize for Literature in Africa.

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