Love Is Power, or Something Like That by A. Igoni Barrett
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Electrifying tales of vibrant urban nights and acrid, desperate days.
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Vivid, powerful stories of contemporary Nigeria, from a talented young author
* An NPR, Flavorwire, and Largehearted Boy Best Book of the Year * One of the Millions's Most Anticipated Books of 2013 *

When it comes to love, things are not always what they seem. In contemporary Lagos, a young boy may pose as a woman online, and a maid may be suspected of sleeping with her employer and yet still become a young wife's confidante. Men and women can be objects of fantasy, the subject of beery soliloquies. They can be trophies or status symbols. Or they can be overwhelming in their need.
In the wide-ranging stories in Love Is Power, or Something Like That, A. Igoni Barrett roams the streets with people from all stations of life. A man with acute halitosis navigates the chaos of the Lagos bus system. A minor policeman, full of the authority and corruption of his uniform, beats his wife. A family's fortunes fall from love and wealth to infidelity and poverty as poor choices unfurl over three generations. With humor and tenderness, Barrett introduces us to an utterly modern Nigeria, where desire is a means to an end, and love is a power as real as money.

 

About A. Igoni Barrett

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A. Igoni Barrett is a winner of the 2005 BBC World Service short-story competition, the recipient of a Chinua Achebe Center Fellowship, a Norman Mailer Center Fellowship, and a Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Center Residency. He lives in Lagos, Nigeria.
 
Published May 7, 2013 by Graywolf Press. 176 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, History. Fiction
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Reviewed by Alan Cheuse on May 24 2013

All in all, Barrett's stories don't deliver pretty truths. The contemporary globalized culture of every day Africa he gives us seems quite messy and utterly convincing.

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on Feb 07 2013

Electrifying tales of vibrant urban nights and acrid, desperate days.

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