Creatures of Passage

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Product Details
Price
$17.95  $16.69
Publisher
Akashic Books, Ltd.
Publish Date
Pages
320
Dimensions
6.0 X 8.9 X 0.7 inches | 0.85 pounds
Language
English
Type
Paperback
EAN/UPC
9781636140285

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About the Author

MOROWA YEJIDÉ, a native of Washington, DC, is the author of the critically acclaimed novels Time of the Locust, which was a 2012 finalist for the PEN/Bellwether Prize, long-listed for the 2015 PEN/Bingham Prize, and a 2015 NAACP Image Award nominee; and Creatures of Passage, which was short-listed for the Ernest J. Gaines Award for Literary Excellence, long-listed for the Women's Prize for Fiction, and was a 2021 Notable Book selection by NPR and the Washington Post. She lives in the DC area with her husband and three sons.

Reviews
A deeper, broader, and more audacious immersion in magical realism . . . Historic detail and mythic folklore forge a scary, thrilling vision of life along America's margins.-- "Kirkus Reviews, Starred Review"
Creatures of Passage resists comparison. It's reminiscent of Beloved as well as the Odyssey, but perhaps its most apt progenitor is the genre of epic poems performed by the djelis of West Africa . . . All these otherwise clashing elements become, in this cast, a cohesive whole, telling us that this, too, is America.-- "New York Times Book Review"
The novel is worthy of every Toni Morrison comparison it receives, effortlessly blending the brutalities of D.C.'s history with the mythical and supernatural. Creatures of Passage is a lyrical journey that will stick with you.-- "NPR, a Books We Love selection for 2021"
Yejidé's surreal new novel has no shortage of otherworldly surprises, but it's her this-worldly protagonist who steals the show . . . Informed by a richly woven mythology and propelled by themes of regret and revenge, Creatures of Passage has earned some apt comparisons to Toni Morrison's Beloved.-- "Philadelphia Inquirer, One of the Best Books of Winter 2021"
Yejidé creates a tapestry of interconnected stories of guilt, loss, love, grief, justice, and restoration . . . Yejidé's prose is often stunning . . . The story's rich texture evokes the ghost stories of Toni Morrison.-- "Publishers Weekly"