The bead collector / Sefi Atta.
Publication year: 2019
Publisher: Oxford : Myriad, 2019.
ISBN: 9781912408344 (pbk.) :
Originally published: Northampton: Interlink Books, 2018.
Lagos, January 1976, six years after the Nigerian Civil War. A new military regime has been in power for six months, but rumours are spreading that a countercoup is imminent. At an art exhibition in the affluent Ikoyi neighbourhood, Remi Lawal, a Nigerian woman who runs her own greeting-card shop, meets Frances Cooke, who introduces herself as an American art dealer, in Nigeria to buy rare beads. They become friends and over the next few weeks confide in each other about their aspirations, loyalties, marriage, motherhood, and Nigeria itself.
313 pages ; 20 cm
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