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Season of Crimson Blossoms

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AuthorAbubakar Adam Ibrahim
Published LanguageEnglish
Publication Year2017
PublisherSpeaking Tiger
BindingPaperback with flaps
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In the sprawling suburbs of Abuja, Binta ZubairuÑa devout fifty-five-year-old widow, grandmother of fiveÑwoke up to the smell of cockroaches and knew something inauspicious was about to happen. What she didn’t expect was that twenty-five-year-old Hassan ‘Reza’, a weed dealer, thug for hire and street-gang leader, would scale her fence and land in ‘the puddle that was her heart’.

Binta yearns for intimacy after the sexual repression of her marriage, the pain of losing her first child and the privations of widowhood. Reza seeks to fill the void left by his estranged mother and increasingly distant father. Brought together in the most unusual circumstances, the two embark on a whirlwind secret relationship. But things come to a head when Binta’s wealthy son confronts Reza, with disastrous consequences.

Abubakar’s powerful debut novelÑset in a conservative Muslim community in northern Nigeria, and against a backdrop of political corruption and violenceÑis a haunting story of love and longing that unfurls gently and memorably, revealing layers of emotion that defy age, class and religion.

About the author
Abubakar Adam Ibrahim is a Nigerian writer and journalist. His debut short-story collection The Whispering Trees (2012) was long-listed for the Etisalat Prize for Literature in 2014, with the title story shortlisted for the Caine Prize for African Writing. Abubakar has won the BBC African Performance Prize. He is a Gabriel Garcia Marquez Fellow (2013) and a Civitella Ranieri Fellow (2015).

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