THE DAY ENDS LIKE ANY DAY
BY TIMOTHY OGENE
9.99 [pounds sterling] HOLLAND HOUSE
Sam, a young Nigerian whose father only speaks to the children once he has drunk enough alcohol and whose mother will not accept that Sam is different from his siblings, is formed by the people he meets, the gay young man he cannot rescue from his tormentors, the girl whose rapist escapes when the women of the block march to mete out justice to him; and Pa Suku, a strange figure who opens Sam's eyes to books and music, poetry and jazz.
Then Sam goes to college and confronts his own sexuality, his lack of belonging.
This book is the lyrical, challenging account of the multiple lives of a young Nigerian who refuses to accept that he has been shaped by the traumas of his past.
Timothy Ogene was born in Oyigbo, outside Port Harcourt in southern Nigeria. He is the sixth of seven children raised in a two-room tenement block. Since leaving Nigeria he has lived...