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Tiny Sunbirds, Far Away

by: Christie Watson

When their mother catches their father with another woman, twelve year-old Blessing and her fourteen-year-old brother, Ezikiel, are forced to leave their comfortable home in Lagos for a village in the Niger Delta, to live with their mother???s family. Without running water or electricity, Warri is at first a nightmare for Blessing. Her mother is gone all day and works suspiciously late into the night to pay the children???s school fees. Her brother, once a promising student, seems to be falling increasingly under the influence of the local group of violent teenage boys calling themselves Freedom Fighters. Her grandfather, a kind if misguided man, is trying on Islam as his new religion of choice, and is even considering the possibility of bringing in a second wife.
But Blessing???s grandmother, wise and practical, soon becomes a beloved mentor, teaching Blessing the ways of the midwife in rural Nigeria. Blessing is exposed to the horrors of genital mutilation and the devastation wrought on the environment by British and American oil companies. As Warri comes to feel like home, Blessing becomes increasingly aware of the threats to its safety, both from its unshakable but dangerous traditions and the relentless carelessness of the modern world.??Tiny Sun birds, Far Away??is the witty and beautifully written story of one family???s attempt to survive a new life they could never have imagined, struggling to find a deeper sense of identity along the way.

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1976
Christie Watson??is a British novelist and pediatric nurse. She holds an MA in Creative Writing from the University of East Anglia, where she won the Malcolm Bradbury Memorial Bursary, and has since published short fiction and other writings in numerous publications including??Wasafiri,??Mslexia,??Index on Censorship,??The Guardian,??and??The Telegraph.??Watson teaches creative writing at various institutions including Birkbeck University, the Groucho Club, and Cambridge University. She has won the Costa First Novel Award and Waverton Good Read Award for her first novel,??Tiny Sunbirds, Far Away, and was named one of??Red???s Hot Women of the Year in 2012. She lives in London.??1976) is a British writer and retired nurse. Her first novel, Tiny Sun birds Far Away, won the Costa First Novel Award in the 2011 Costa Book Awards. Her second novel Where Women Are Kings also won critical praise.??She holds an MA in Creative Writing from the University of East Anglia, where she won the Malcolm Bradbury Memorial Bursary, and has since published short fiction and other writings in numerous publications including??Wasafiri,??Mslexia,??Index on Censorship,??The Guardian,??and??The Telegraph.??Watson teaches creative writing at various institutions including Birkbeck University, the Groucho Club, and Cambridge University. She has won the Costa First Novel Award and Waverton Good Read Award for her first novel,??Tiny Sunbirds, Far Away, and was named one of??Red???s Hot Women of the Year in 2012. She lives in London.
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Tiny Sunbirds, Far Away 01 December 2011
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When their mother catches their father with another woman, twelve year-old Blessing and her fourteen-year-old brother, Ezekiel, are forced to leave their comfortable home in Lagos for a village in the Niger Delta, to live with their mother???s family. Without running water or electricity,?? Warri?? is at first a nightmare for Blessing. Her mother is gone all day and works suspiciously late into the night to pay the children???s school fees. Her brother, once a promising student, seems to be falling increasingly under the influence of the local group of violent teenage boys calling themselves Freedom Fighters. Her grandfather, a kind if misguided man, is trying on Islam as his new religion of choice, and is even considering the possibility of bringing in a second wife.

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ISBN: 9789785023800
Publisher: Cassava Republic Press??
Publish Date: 01 December 2011
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