Eniola is tall for his age, a boy who looks like a man. Because his father has lost his job, Eniola spends his days running errands for the local tailor, collecting newspapers, begging when he must, dreaming of a big future.
Wuraola is a golden girl, the perfect child of a wealthy family. Now an exhausted young doctor in her first year of practice, she is beloved by Kunle, the volatile son of an ascendant politician.
When a local politician takes an interest in Eniola and sudden violence shatters a family party, Wuraola’s and Eniola’s lives become intertwined. In her breathtaking second novel, Ayọ̀bámi Adébáyọ̀ shines her light on Nigeria, on the gaping divide between the haves and the have-nots, and the shared humanity that lives in between.
A dazzling story of two families caught in the riptides of wealth, power, romantic obsession, and political corruption, A Spell of Good Things is the perfect novel for your next book club discussion. Fry up some chin-chin (recipe included!) and tackle Adébáyọ̀’s themes of class, gender norms, education, and love with your favorite reading buddies.
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