A new novel from the fertile literary grounds of Nigeria. Chigozie Obioma's book weaves Igbo myth, culture, and religion into a contemporary story about an innocent chicken farmer who falls in love, gives up his life in Nigeria, and sells everything to go to school in Cyprus, only to find that he's been duped. If you've read "Things Fall Apart," you'll have some familiarity with Igbo customs and the novel, in an unusual move, is narrated by the man's chi or personal spirit. It's a rich novel, both Homeric and picaresque. Other Nigerian books worth checking out are "Half of a Yellow Sun," "The Palm-Wine Drinkard," and "Freshwater."

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