Bay Back Books
Told by nine-year-old Benjamin, the youngest of four brothers, THE FISHERMEN is the Cain and Abel-esque story of a childhood in Nigeria, in the small town of Akure. When their father has to travel to a distant city for work, the brothers take advantage of his absence to skip school and go fishing. At the forbidden nearby river, they meet a madman who persuades the oldest of the boys that he is destined to be killed by one of his siblings. What happens next is an almost mythic event whose impact-both tragic and redemptive-will transcend the lives and imaginations of the book's characters and readers. Dazzling and viscerally powerful, THE FISHERMEN is an essential novel about Africa, seen through the prism of one family's destiny.
Obioma's book has won multiple awards including The Los Angeles Times Book Prize, NAACP Image Award, and Man Booker Prize finalist.
The story of four brothers in 1990s Nigeria is tragic, heart-wrenching, and completely mesmerizing. I was drawn into the story from page one and could not stop turning the pages. The characters are so real, I felt like was I right there among the family, feeling their pain and their fear right alongside them. The author has perfectly captured not only the culture of Nigeria but also the complexities of human emotion and familial relationships. Simply brilliant. I will remember The Fishermen for years to come and look forward to more books from Obioma in the future.