The Teller of Secrets


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5.9 X 8.9 X 1.3 inches | 1.14 pounds
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About the Author

Bisi Adjapon is a writer whose work has been featured in journals and newspapers such as McSweeney's Quarterly, the Washington Times, the Daily Graphic, and Chicken Bones. She founded and ran the Young Shakespeare Company for four years in America, and as an international affairs specialist for the US Foreign Agricultural Service won the Civil Rights Award for Human Relations. Her first novel, The Teller of Secrets, began as the short story "Of Women and Frogs," which was nominated for the Caine Prize. She lives in Ghana.


"Bisi Adjapon's The Teller of Secrets unfolds with grace, and a quiet spellbinding beauty to reveal the fascinating journey of Esi to self-discovery through family drama, betrayal and passion. A poignant, witty and delightful read delivered by a storyteller of note.
--Abubakar Adam Ibrahim, author of Season of Crimson Blossoms, Winner of the Nigeria Prize for Literature

Adjapon is a masterful storyteller who has created the best friend I wish I had when I was growing up. In Esi, she gives readers a hero who will 'ignite their fires.' This is a feminist manifesto in the form of a novel. Watch Esi as she navigates secrets and sexism, and thank Adjapon for her skill at unpacking patriarchal hypocrisy with clear-eyed gusto --Mona Eltahawy, author of The Seven Necessary Sins for Women and Girls
"Melding blistering humor with razor-sharp insight, The Teller of Secrets heralds a marvel of a writer, one capable of deftly balancing questions of sexuality, politics, and feminism in a novel that is a pure joy to read. This book is impossible to put down. What an exciting, masterful novel by an uncommonly gifted writer."
--Maaza Mengiste, author of The Shadow King, shortlisted for the 2020 Booker Prize
"Bisi Adjapon has written a deeply compelling, humorous coming-of-age story. Esi Agyekum is brave, perceptive, and precocious; traits she needs to survive the oftentimes perilous journey that most African girls must take on their way to full womanhood. It is a testament to Adjapon's skill as a writer that the story is told with such vulnerability and sensitivity. An utterly captivating and entertaining read!"
--Ama Ata Aidoo, author of Our Sister Killjoy and Changes, Winner of the Commonwealth Prize Award for Best Book
"Bisi Adjapon writes with incredible vividness and clarity. Her similes and attention to all of the senses are really extraordinary."
--Dave Eggers, publisher of McSweeney's Quarterly Concern and Pulitzer Prize-winning author of A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius
Breathtaking...Esi ultimately takes control of her body, her mind, and her whole being in ways that will merit a fist pump among feminists everywhere.--Booklist (starred review)
"Sharp, observant, and often bitingly funny, Adjapon's novel captures a country divided by class, ethnicity, and political loyalty and a character who might have a chance to soar on the winds of social change. This is a winner." --Publishers Weekly (starred review)