Author(s): E. C. Osondu
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This House is Not for Sale is a story about a house in an African neighbourhood, the Family House, owned and ruled over by the patriarchal, business-minded Grandpa - by turns benevolent and cruel - and home to his wives, children, grandchildren, and the many in his service. It tells the stories of the people who live there, of the curse placed on the house by one of its former occupants, of the evil and brutality that transpires there, and finally of its downfall. By the acclaimed author of Voice of America, This House is Not for Sale is a brilliantly inventive debut novel which draws on the rich oral traditions of Nigeria and is full of wisdom and dark humour. From everyday violence and magic, to the voices of gossiping neighbours, here is an utterly engrossing story of an African community, its culture and traditions, and the power of storytelling.
A colourful, engrossing debut novel about three generations living in a house in an African neighbourhood, the culture and traditions of its residents and the wider community, and the power of storytelling
E.C. OSONDU was born in Nigeria. He won the 2009 Caine Prize for African Writing, and he received his MFA from Syracuse University. He currently teaches at Providence College in Rhode Island.