Butter Honey Pig Bread

Butter Honey Pig Bread

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Longlisted for the 2020 Scotiabank Giller Prize

An intergenerational saga about three Nigerian women: a novel about food, family, and forgiveness.

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.

Francesca Ekwuyasi's debut novel tells the interwoven stories of twin sisters, Kehinde and Taiye, and their mother, Kambirinachi. Kambirinachi feels she was born an Ogbanje, a spirit that plagues families with misfortune by dying in childhood to cause its mother misery. She believes that she has made the unnatural choice of staying alive to love her human family and now lives in fear of the consequences of that decision.

Some of Kambirinachi's worst fears come true when her daughter, Kehinde, experiences a devasting childhood trauma that causes the family to fracture in seemingly irreversible ways. As soon as she's of age, Kehinde moves away and cuts contact with her twin sister and mother. Alone in Montreal, she struggles to find ways to heal while building a life of her own. Meanwhile, Taiye, plagued by guilt for what happened to her sister, flees to London and attempts to numb the loss of the relationship with her twin through reckless hedonism.

Now, after more than a decade of living apart, Taiye and Kehinde have returned home to Lagos to visit their mother. 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.

Publisher: Consortium Book Sales & Dist 2020
ISBN: 9781551528236
1551528231
Branch Call Number: 813.0000
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Characteristics: 368 p. ;

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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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