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An Orchestra of Minorities Hardcover – Illustrated, January 8, 2019

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An Amazon Best Book of January 2019: In 2015, Nigerian writer Chigozie Obioma’s debut, The Fisherman, was short-listed for the Man Booker Prize and announced the arrival of a talented new author. There is no drop-off in his sophomore effort, An Orchestra of Minorities, about a young farmer who, having fallen in love with a woman from a wealthy family, risks everything to prove his worth. As he did in his first novel, Obioma merges African and western storytelling traditions—in this case, the tale is narrated by the young man’s chi, or guardian spirit, and the story is patterned after The Odyssey—to create a dramatic, character-based novel. Readers will become immersed in his main character Chinonso’s journey, but it will leave them thinking about bigger themes as well—like the balance between self-determination and fate (or luck); and about the capacity for some to take advantage of others, and how that sort of mistreatment gets paid forward. --Chris Schluep, Amazon Book Review


Named a 'Most Anticipated Book of 2019' by Entertainment Weekly, Vanity Fair, Hello Giggles, PureWow, Literary Hub, and Fast Company

Named one of '11 Writers to Watch in 2019' by the Los Angeles Times

"Obioma writes with an exigent precision that makes AN ORCHESTRA OF MINORITIES feel at once timely and speculative. The novel aches with Chinonso. His triumphs are rare and hard-won. Obioma compels the reader to root for him, to see the poor chicken farmer's story as an epic."―The Atlantic

"It is more than a superb and tragic novel; it's a historical treasure."
Boston Globe

"It's a story as old as the epic."―New York Times Book Review "Gorgeously written, with a twist of magical realism and a heavy dose of sad reality, this is your big novel of the winter."―Washington Post "Transcendent

. . . Chigozie Obioma's second novel is a rare treasure: a book that deepens the mystery of the human experience."―Seattle Times

"Obioma's novel remains interesting and important"―Minneapolis Star Tribune

"The chances that Chigozie Obioma's second novel would match, let alone surpass, "The Fishermen," were slim. Happily, his follow-up, AN ORCHESTRA OF MINORITIES, is a triumph. . . . In an era of copycats, "An Orchestra of Minorities" is an unusual and brilliantly original book."―The Economist

"His is a bracing and searing work that compresses an ordinary life into an epic journey."―Houston Chronicle

"A tale of mythic nature and epic scale at times recalling Homer's Odyssey-a sweeping story about destiny and the power of choice."―Vanity Fair "Destined to become a classic." Hello Giggles

"A multicultural fable that her¬alds a new master of magical realism. . . . It's a special writer who can take the familiar tropes found within AN ORCHESTRA OF MINORITIES and infuse them with new life, transforming them into something exciting and unexpected. Happily, Obioma is exactly such an author."―Bookpage, starred review

A deeply original book that will have readers laughing at, angry with, and feeling compassion for a determined hero who endeavors to create his own destiny.―Kirkus, starred review

"Obioma overwhelms readers with a visceral sense of Chinonso's humanity, his love, his rage, and his despair as he struggles between fate and self-determination." ―Library Journal, starred review

"Obioma alchemizes his contemporary love story into a mythic quest enhanced by Igbo cosmology. . . . Magnificently multilayered, Obioma's sophomore title proves to be an Odyssean achievement."―Booklist, starred reviews

"Unforgettable second novel . . . Obioma's novel is electrifying, a meticulously crafted character drama told with emotional intensity. His invention, combining Igbo folklore and Greek tragedy in the context of modern Nigeria, makes for a rich, enchanting experience."
Publishers Weekly, starred review

"This is a powerful, multifarious novel that underlines Obioma's status as one of the most exciting voices in modern African literature."―Financial Times

"An ambitious and immersive tale about love and sacrifice, told by an ancient spirit. A bold new novel from an exciting young writer."―Brit Bennett, New York Times bestselling author of The Mothers

"Chigozie Obioma is a gifted and original storyteller. His masterful new novel An Orchestra of Minorities is remarkable for its exploration of universal concepts to do with destiny, free will and luck."―Jennifer Clement, author of Gun Love and President of PEN International

"Chigozie Obioma is an audacious and ambitious writer, and quite adept at binding the reader to the irresistible spells he casts. An Orchestra of Minorities is a magisterial accomplishment by any measure, and particularly impressive for the way Obioma orchestrates a tableau in which humans and spirits must interact in a complex, emotionally rich-veined story. Few writers can match Obioma's astonishing range, his deft facility for weaving a mesmeric and triumphant fictive canvas in which-reminiscent of the ancient masters-a cohort of gods presides over and negotiates the fates of humans."―Okey Ndibe, author of Foreign Gods, Inc.

"Chigozie Obioma pens a deeply empathetic, complex, and gut-wrenchingly human narrative that captures the heart and soul. An Orchestra of Minorities stays with you. With remarkable style and compelling language, he explores what it means to experience blinding love and devastating loss. A truly gifted writer, Obioma has proven yet again, that he's a literary treasure."―Nicole Dennis-Benn, award-winning author of Here Comes the Sun

Product details

  • Item Weight : 1.5 pounds
  • Hardcover : 464 pages
  • ISBN-10 : 0316412392
  • ISBN-13 : 978-0316412391
  • Product Dimensions : 6.45 x 1.65 x 9.55 inches
  • Publisher : Little, Brown and Company; Illustrated Edition (January 8, 2019)
  • Language: : English
  • Customer Reviews:
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5.0 out of 5 stars AMAZING BOOK. A MUST READ
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5.0 out of 5 stars Convinced my chi once inhabited a host from the time of The Great Fathers
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5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent book that left me thinking for days after I finished it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars the spirit of the soul tells the tale of love hate revenge and heartbreak
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