'Absorbing and passionate' The Guardian. 'Skilfully treading the fine line between gritty hardship and homespun warmth ... Christie Watson's affecting but unsentimental debut earns its place in the sun' The Independent.
'heart-warming' Telegraph. 'Readability and literary merit go hand in hand in this vibrant gem of a novel' The Costa Judges.
'An excellent novel. It takes the reader deep into the reality of ordinary life in Nigeria and is also funny, moving and politically alert' Giles Foden, author of The Last King of Scotland.
'does what fiction does best, it captures place and characters so well that you feel you are there. It is sincere, it is powerfully written, and it deserves to be read' Helon Habila, author of Oil on Water.
'The gripping, triumphant tale of a girl who chooses life over loss, in a sweet but savage world where oil is bled from the earth' Lola Shoneyin, author of The Secret Lives of Baba Segi's Wives.
'A must-read. Lyrical and beautifully drawn, a poignant coming of age tale, set in an Africa few readers will have experienced' Lesley Lokko. 'So good I had to lie down after reading it' Trezza Azzopardi.
'A fascinating, poignant story that had me laughing in places and deeply moved in others' Ike Anya.
'Watson's nuanced portrayal of daily life in Nigeria is peopled with flawed but tenacious characters who fight not only for survival but for dignity. Blessing is a wonderful narrator whose vivid impressions enliven Watson's sensual prose' Publishers Weekly.
'Funny, tragic and moving all in the right places' Pride. 'An immensely absorbing novel. It is both heart-wrenching and consoling' Chika Unigwe, author of On Black Sisters' Street.
From the Back Cover
Lagos, Nigeria. Blessing's Mama found Father lying on top of another woman. It's bad enough when her father abandons them. But when her mother loses her job, they have to leave home and move into her grandfather's compound. Living with a poor countryside family is a shock beyond measure. Everything changed after that.