Author(s): Irenosen Okojie
Description: A startling debut short story collection from one of Britain's rising literary stars. These stories are captivating, erotic, enigmatic and disturbing. Irenosen Okojie's gift is in her understated humour, her light touch, her razor-sharp assessment of the best and worst of humankind, and her unflinching gaze into the darkest corners of the human experience. In these stories Okojie creates worlds where lovelorn aliens abduct innocent coffee shop waitresses, where the London Underground is inhabited by the ghosts of errant Londoners caught between here and the hereafter, where insensitive men cheat on their mistresses and can only muster enough interest to fall for one-dimensional poster girls and where brave young women attempt to be erotically empowered at their own peril.Sexy, serious and at times downright disturbing, this brilliant collection sizzles with originality.
Author Biography: Irenosen Okojie is a Nigerian-British writer, curator and Arts Project Manager. Her writing has been featured in the Guardian and the Observer, and her short stories have been published internationally. She has worked with the Royal Shakespeare Company, the Southbank Centre, and the Caine Prize and was Writer in Residence for TEDx East End. In 2014, she was the Prize Advocate for the SI Leeds Literary Prize and in 2015 the Evening Standard named her as one of the top debut novelists of the summer with for her novel Butterfly Fish. She is a mentor for the Pen to Print project supported by publisher Constable & Robinson and lives in east London.