Butter Honey Pig Bread

Butter Honey Pig Bread

A Novel

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"An intergenerational saga about three Nigerian women: a novel about food, family, and forgiveness. Spanning three continents, Butter Honey Pig Bread tells the interconnected stories of three Nigerian women: Kambirinachi and her twin daughters, Kehinde and Taiye. Kambirinachi believes that she is an Ogbanje, or an Abiku, a non-human spirit that plagues a family with misfortune by being born and then dying in childhood to cause a human mother misery. She has made the unnatural choice of staying alive to love her human family but lives in fear of the consequences of her decision. Kambirinachi and her daughters become estranged from one another because of a trauma that Kehinde experiences in childhood, which leads her to move away and cut off all contact. She ultimately finds her path as an artist and seeks to raise a family of her own, despite her fear that she won't be a good mother. Meanwhile, Taiye is plagued by guilt for what her sister suffered and also runs away, attempting to fill the void of that lost relationship with casual flings with women. She eventually discovers a way out of her stifling loneliness through a passion for food and cooking. But now, after more than a decade of living apart, Taiye and Kehinde have returned home to Lagos. It is here that the three women must face each other and address the wounds of the past if they are to reconcile and move forward. For readers of African diasporic authors such as Teju Cole and Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Butter Honey Pig Bread is a story of choices and their consequences, of motherhood, of the malleable line between the spirit and the mind, of finding new homes and mending old ones, of voracious appetites, of queer love, of friendship, faith, and above all, family."--
Publisher: Vancouver : Arsenal Pulp Press, [2020]
Copyright Date: ©2020
ISBN: 9781551528236
Branch Call Number: EKWUY
Characteristics: 314 pages ; 23 cm

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Oct 30, 2020

This book! I enjoyed it. The sibling relationship, the integration of the culture of Yoruba, the food, the suffering, the tears, the healing beginning; I was here for all of it. Stories that are told from various personal viewpoints and have often been favorites in various voices. They extend the plot and add layers to the atmosphere of story-telling and what the author is trying to accomplish, create and elevate complex characters, and add depth to interactions. It also helps to get the reader interested in the story and keep them engaged. Ekwuyasi has woven rich, descriptive prose with simple and direct writing in Butter, Honey, Pig, Bread, Ekwuyasi, from which develops an evocative, fascinating and powerful tale of two generations of women-mothers and twin daughters-and their entangled, strained, broken yet beautiful relationship. Throughout the novel, there were also moments when the prose became more, drawing a wealth of emotion with the depth of individual and experience. Final rating;4/5 @Barcelonafan1 of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

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