This House Is Not for Sale


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Harper Perennial
Publish Date
5.3 X 7.9 X 0.6 inches | 0.3 pounds

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About the Author

E.C. Osondu is a prize-winning Nigerian writer and Professor of English at Providence College, Rhode Island, USA. He is the author of two novels - This House is Not For Sale and When the Sky is Ready the Stars Will Appear - and two short-story collections - Voice of America and Alien Stories. His work has been translated into many languages.


"The home in the magisterial This House Is Not For Sale becomes much more than a building. The structure defines and divides a family over generations. Osondu has more to say about life and love than most of the classic novels we adore."--Essence
"Remarkable. . . . Though Osondu tips his hat to tradition, this book is a distinctive and singular achievement, all the more remarkable for being a debut novel."--Jeffery Renard Allen, author of Song of the Shank
"A marvelous chorus of community voices chimes in, passionately commenting on the action. . . . Osondu uses the house as a prism through which to depict the events of the neighborhood, proving that our stories outlive the places we inhabit."--Publishers Weekly (starred review)
"Vivid. . . . Beguiling in their simplicity and resonant in their universal themes, This House is Not for Sale offers a striking appraisal of people's basest ambitions."--Booklist
"Osondu brings his characters to life with love. The dialogue, flavored by its ever-present chorus of unnamed voices, sparkles with humor, playful wickedness, and zest. Osondu gives us a strong and joyful sense of place in this novel. . . . A celebration of a place and its people."--BookBrowse
"The timelessness of this ambitious debut reminds the reader of J. M. Coetzee's Life & Times of Michael K. The characters, sheltered by a house from which they also try to shelter themselves, tell the stories of every one of us."--Yiyun Li, author of The Vagrants
"A very modern, compassionate voice. . . . Osondu is ceaseless in his willingness to examine the human condition in all its glories and frailties."--Kirkus