Chigozie Obioma - The Road to the Country

Wednesday, June 5, 2024 - 7:00pm

Left Bank Books presents two-time Booker Prize nominee Chigozie Obioma.

Join us to celebrate the release of his new highly praised book The Road to the Country. Imbolo Mbue says that, "The Road to the Country is Chigozie Obioma at his finest." And Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah calls it, "a wonderous novel."

Obioma will be in conversation with Ron A. Austin, esteemed St. Louis author and St. Louis University Assistant Professor.

Obioma will personalize and sign copies after the presentation! Personalized and signed copies will be available to be mailed anywhere in the country. For personalized copies, please order before noon on June 5th.

Join us at Left Bank Books
399 N. Euclid Ave
St. Louis, MO 63108
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About the Speakers

Chigozie Obioma was born in Akure, Nigeria. His two previous novels, The Fishermen and An Orchestra of Minorities, were both finalist for the Booker Prize. His novels have won the inaugural FT/OppenheimerFunds Emerging Voices Award for Fiction, the NAACP Image Award, and the Los Angeles Times Award for First Fiction and have been nominated for many others. Together, they have been translated into thirty languages. He was named one of Foreign Policy's 100 Leading Global Thinkers. He is a professor of creative writing at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and divides his time between the United States and Nigeria.

Ron A. Austin's short stories have been placed in Boulevard, Pleiades, Story Quarterly, Ninth Letter, Black Warrior Review, and other journals. Avery Colt Is a Snake, a Thief, a Liar, his first collection of linked stories, has received several honors including: The 2017 Nilsen Prize, a 2019 Foreward INDIES GOLD Award, a 2020 Devil’s Kitchen Reading Award, a 2020 PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize nomination, and a 2020 Hurston/Wright Legacy Award nomination. Austin's work has been supported by grants from the Regional Arts Commission, including a 2016 Artist Fellowship. He, his wife Jennie, and son Elijah live in St. Louis. As an Assistant Professor of English at St. Louis University, he facilitates undergraduate fiction workshops. 

 

About The Road to the Country

A sweeping, heart-racing, mystical novel about a university student in Lagos trying to save his brother, and himself, amid the chaos of Nigeria's civil war--a story of love, friendship, and personal triumph by the two-time Booker Prize finalist and "the heir to Chinua Achebe" (New York Times)

"A wonderous novel."--Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah, author of Chain-Gang All Stars, finalist for the National Book Award

"Chigozie Obioma is that rare thing: an original. His world is a mix of the real and the folkloric, and his writing sounds like no one else's."--The Wall Street Journal

The first images of the vision are grainy--like something seen through wet glass. But slowly it clears, and there appears the figure of a man.

Set in Nigeria in the late 1960s, The Road to the Country is the epic story of a shy, bookish student haunted by long-held guilt who must go to war to free himself. When his younger brother disappears as the country explodes in civil war, Kunle must set out on an impossible rescue mission. Kunle's search for his brother becomes a journey of atonement that will see him conscripted into the breakaway Biafran army and forced to fight a war he hardly understands, all while navigating the prophecies of a local Seer, he who marks Kunle as an abami eda--one who will die and return to life.

The story of a young man seeking redemption in a country on fire, Chigozie Obioma's novel is an odyssey of brotherhood, love, and unimaginable courage set during one of the most devastating conflicts in the history of Africa. Intertwining myth and realism into a thrilling, inspired, and emotionally powerful novel, The Road to the Country is the masterpiece of Chigozie Obioma, a writer Salman Rushdie calls "a major voice" in literature.

 

Review Quotes:

"A spectacular blend of realism and mysticism, The Road to the Country is Chigozie Obioma at his finest. He is a novelist in a league of his own." --Imbolo Mbue, New York Times bestselling author of Behold the Dreamers

"A wonderous novel." --Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah, author of Chain-Gang All Stars, finalist for the National Book Award

"This powerfully evocative and intimate book is unarguably Obioma's finest. Through subtle, piercing, and gripping language, he renders those seemingly simple but unforgettable moments when our lives intertwine with history, anchoring you to the pages until the end. The Road to the Country will remind you that our existence is the histories of past, present, and the future--and the importance of understanding that. This is among the best books I've read in a while and is certainly destined to be a classic." --Ishmael Beah, #1 New York Times bestselling author of A Long Way Gone

"A writer who wields both the grand and the intimate with incredible precision and power. Obioma reminds us it's all real, even the surreal, and in his hands anything is possible. A wonderous novel." --Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah, author of Chain-Gang All Stars, finalist for the National Book Award

"Chigozie Obioma has proven his mastery of craft in this sweeping, brilliant, and stunning novel. The Road to the Country is an eloquent, beautifully rendered study on time and place and the history that changed a nation. His is a gorgeous prose, and the storytelling one expects from a gifted writer. . . . A truly unforgettable read." --Nicole Dennis-Benn, award-winning author of Here Comes the Sun and Patsy

"Incredibly moving and hopeful. Both an adventure story and a portrait of brotherhood, love and companionship. In each beautifully crafted sentence, Obioma shows us how the best of humanity is often created under extreme pressure." --Nadifa Mohamed, author The Fortune Men, finalist for the Booker Prize

Event address: 
399 N. Euclid Ave.
Saint Louis, MO 63108
Books: 
The Road to the Country: A Novel By Chigozie Obioma Cover Image
$29.00
ISBN: 9780593596975
Availability: On Our Shelves (Note - We update this inventory once per day.)
Published: Hogarth - June 4th, 2024

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The Fishermen: A Novel By Chigozie Obioma Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780316338356
Availability: On Our Shelves (Note - We update this inventory once per day.)
Published: Back Bay Books - July 5th, 2016

An Orchestra of Minorities By Chigozie Obioma Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780316412407
Availability: On Our Shelves (Note - We update this inventory once per day.)
Published: Back Bay Books - October 8th, 2019

Avery Colt is a Snake, a Thief, a Liar (Nilsen Prize for a First Novel Winner) By Ron A. Austin Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9781732039919
Availability: On Our Shelves (Note - We update this inventory once per day.)
(This book cannot be returned.)
Published: Southeast Missouri State Univ Press - October 1st, 2019

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