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6.41 X 9.32 X 1.16 inches | 1.26 pounds

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About the Author

Chibundu Onuzo was born in Lagos, Nigeria and lives in London. A Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and regular contributor to The Guardian, she is the winner of a Betty Trask Award, has been shortlisted for the Dylan Thomas Prize, the Commonwealth Book Prize, and the RSL Encore Award, and has been longlisted for the Desmond Elliott Prize and Etisalat Literature Prize. She is the author of Welcome to Lagos, and Sankofa is her third novel.


An Amazon Best of the Month Spotlight Pick
An Entertainment Weekly Must Read of the Month

"Uniquely layered and lovingly written." --Karla Strand, Ms. Magazine

"Chibundu Onuzo offers a stirring narrative about family, our capacity to change and the need to belong. --Annabel Gutterman, Time

"Beautifully written, this is a literary love story from a daughter to a father--and shows the disappointment that can come with that relationship." --Zibby Owens, Katie Couric Media

"In Bamana, a fictionalized West African country, Onuzo is probably at her narrative best. We . . . find ourselves in a setting that fires up the senses and offers up an opportunity for us to get to know Anna better . . . Sankofa means not only to retrieve but also to do so in the spirit of taking something good from the past to better the future. Like her protagonist, the writer Onuzo boldly attempts this in her new novel. --Angela Ajayi, Minneapolis Star Tribune

"With wit, humor, and heart, Onuzo spins a page-turner centered on a woman in search of her past . . . Taking on questions of race, belonging and heritage, Onuzo writes with gusto and beautifully illuminates what Sankofa means: 'a mythical bird . . . it flies forward with its head facing back.'" --Al Woodworth, Amazon Book Review

"Onuzo's clean prose highlights the novel's hopeful contours." --Estelle Tang, BuzzFeed

"This is a special book that deploys every tool at its disposal to explore the big questions and put its characters (especially its lead) through the wringer. Anna is a fully realized character with all of the flaws, contradictions, and above all charms that that implies. And through her journey of discovery . . . the curious reader may just come away with their own new sense of self-knowledge and a greater awareness of the powerful grip the past can hold on the present." --Book of the Month

"A beautifully paced novel that explores the complexities and complications of family relationships, Sankofa is a triumph . . . Onuzo's career will be one to watch." --B&N Reads

Sankofa marks another formidable leap forward with this story of a young woman searching for the father she never knew that will keep readers guessing up until the very end. --Chicago Review of Books

"A riveting, gracefully spare novel of self-discovery . . . Onuzo skillfully builds an authentic but unusual midlife reckoning. Her astute portrait of a woman attempting to find her way to her future by mining the past mirrors the mythical creature from which the story takes its title, a bird that flies forward while looking backward . . . Onuzo shows that making peace with the past can be a starting point toward self-acceptance, and that imperfect families can find common ground in unexpected ways." --Shelf Awareness

"An engagingly written journey of self-discovery." --Kirkus Reviews

"Spellbinding . . . Onuzu's spare style elegantly cuts to the core of her themes. The balancing of Anna's soul-searching with her thrilling discoveries makes for a satisfying endeavor." --Publishers Weekly

"Unscrupulous politicians, irresponsible journalism, and the yawning gap between rich and poor feel deeply personal as Anna's journey unfolds . . . Fresh and new. " --Library Journal

"The slick pacing and unpredictable developments--especially in the depiction of Anna's enigmatic father--keep the reader alert right up to the novel's exhilarating ending . . . Onuzo lifts the narrative into an entirely unexpected space. She shows that the healing of fractures and a desire for wholeness can be achieved in the most unexpected of places." --Michael Donkar, The Guardian