God's Children Are Little Broken Things (Paperback)
WINNER OF THE DYLAN THOMAS PRIZE
WINNER OF THE REPUBLIC OF CONSCIOUSNESS PRIZE
WINNER OF THE STORY PRIZE SPOTLIGHT AWARD
WINNER OF THE 2023 O. HENRY PRIZE FOR SHORT FICTION
KIRKUS PRIZE FINALIST
LAMBDA LITERARY AWARD FINALIST
CLMP FIRECRACKER AWARD FINALSTIn nine exhilarating stories of queer love in contemporary Nigeria, God's Children Are Little Broken Things announces the arrival of a daring new voice in fiction.
"Nothing less than breathtaking and daring...these tales bear the emotional weight and complexity of novels, with the reader pulled forward by lucid prose and excellent pacing. Most compelling, though, are the unforgettable characters and the relationships that hurl them into the unknown and dangerous depths of their desires." --Kirkus starred review
A man revisits the university campus where he lost his first love, aware now of what he couldn't understand then. A young musician rises to fame at the price of pieces of himself, and the man who loves him. Arinze Ifeakandu explores with tenderness and grace the fundamental question of the heart: can deep love and hope be sustained in spite of the dominant expectations of society, and great adversity.
About the Author
Arinze Ifeakandu was born in Kano, Nigeria. An AKO Caine Prize for African Writing finalist and A Public Space Writing Fellow, he is a graduate of the Iowa Writers' Workshop. His work has appeared in A Public Space, Guernica, the Kenyon Review, One Story, and Redemption Song and Other Stories: The Caine Prize for African Writing 2018. God's Children Are Little Broken Things is his first book.