The Nigerwife


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$27.99  $26.03
Atria Books
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6.36 X 9.28 X 1.13 inches | 1.02 pounds

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About the Author

Vanessa Walters was born and raised in London and has a background in international journalism and playwriting and is a Tin House resident and a Millay resident. She is the author of two previous YA books and The Nigerwife. She currently lives in Brooklyn.


"A murder-mystery set in Nigerian high society, The Nigerwife is an exceptional debut. Vanessa Walters has fashioned a fresh, edge-of-your-seat thriller that's pacy and unique. Her characters are so real I felt complicit in their glamorous, stifling world, while cheering Claudine on as she searches for her missing niece. An absolute treat--it took all my expectations and threw them to the wind. I'm still in shock from those final chapters." --Janice Hallett, international bestselling author of The Appeal
"The Nigerwife explores the ways a set of ex-pat women in Nigeria exchange autonomy for comfort. But it's a raw, and potentially fatal deal. A murderously good read!" --Sarah Langan, acclaimed author of Good Neighbors
"A brilliantly original novel about family, motherhood, identity and diaspora, with a crime thriller twist." --Afua Hirsch, author of Brit(ish)
"The Nigerwife is a dazzling exploration of deceptions--both intimate and internet--that keep the everyday afloat, and the pages turning, despite the weight of our deepest secrets, regrets, and devotions. I raced through this sumptuous, suspenseful, and smartly-layered book, and gasped at its fearless, soul-baring end."--Nancy Jooyoun Kim, New York Times bestselling author of The Last Story of Mina Lee
"As wise as it is gripping, The Nigerwife captures the glory of post-colonial literature in a masterfully paced thriller. Vanessa Walters' debut marks a major addition to the canon." --Margaret Wilkerson Sexton, author of Reese's Book Club Pick On the Rooftop

"The Nigerwife is a hypnotically lush and atmospheric novel about the lengths we go to for the ones we love most and all the ways we weave past traumas into strength for the future. A stellar debut!" --Wanda M. Morris, award-winning author of All Her Little Secrets and Anywhere You Run
"Evokes skillfully the atmosphere of a wealthy life by the Lagos Lagoon . . . A shimmering success." --Diana Evans, author of Ordinary People
"The Nigerwife solidifies Vanessa Walters as a literary force. Walters boldly and incisively examines race, class, and culture amongst a group of complicated women in a manner that will continue to resonate with me for years to come!" --Catherine Adel West, author of The Two Lives of Sara
"A thrillingly suspenseful novel that reveals its riches, layers and secrets through effortlessly elegant prose, while exposing the imprisoning dynamics inside transactional relationships of patriarchal power. I was hooked right through to the shocking end." --Bernardine Evaristo, Booker Prize-winning author of Girl, Woman, Other

"The search for a missing woman, set against the backdrop of glamour and wealth, is utterly captivating. Lush, poignant and gripping with a killer ending to boot, The Nigerwife shows that sometimes the perfect life and the perfect marriage aren't exactly what they seem. Vanessa Walters is one to watch!" --Mary Kubica, New York Times bestselling author of Local Woman Missing

"Dark secrets seethe beneath the glamorous lives of Nigeria's uber rich. A propulsive and complex tale of passion and betrayal. Electrifying!" --Liv Constantine, New York Times bestselling author of The Last Mrs. Parrish
"A superb thriller with a devastating conclusion." --Alex Wheatle, Guardian Prize-winning author of Cane Warriors
"A surprising ending and well-done dialogue make this a perfectly good way to spend a night or two." --Kirkus

"A remarkable book." --New York Journal of Books

"The Nigerwife is a gripping work of suspense, a psychological puzzle, a mystery, and a critique of marriage and high society ... In this riveting novel about a young woman's disappearance, Lagos high society hides personal struggles and larger cultural concerns." --Shelf Awareness