- Paperback: 480 pages
- Publisher: Quercus (1 Dec. 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1849163758
- ISBN-13: 978-1849163750
- Product Dimensions: 13 x 3.2 x 19.9 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (230 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 67,738 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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'A fascinating, poignant story that had me laughing in places and deeply moved in others' Ike Anya. (Ike Anya)
'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. (Giles Foden)
'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. (Lola Shoneyin)
'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. (Helon Habila)
'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. (Publishers Weekly)
So good I had to lie down after reading it' Trezza Azzopardi. (Trezza Azzopardi)
An immensely absorbing novel. It is both heart-wrenching and consoling' Chika Unigwe, author of On Black Sisters' Street. (Chika Unigwe)
Readability and literary merit go hand in hand in this vibrant gem of a novel' The Costa Judges. (Costa Judges)
Skilfully treading the fine line between gritty hardship and homespun warmth ... Christie Watson's affecting but unsentimental debut earns its place in the sun' Independent. (Independent)
''A must-read. Lyrical and beautifully drawn, a poignant coming of age tale, set in an Africa few readers will have experienced' Lesley Lokko. (Lesley Lokko)
''Funny, tragic and moving all in the right places' Pride. (Pride)
''Absorbing and passionate' Guardian. (Guardian)
''heart-warming' Telegraph. (Telegraph)
From the Back Cover
'Everything changed after Mama found Father lying on top of another woman.'
Blessing and her brother Ezikiel adore their larger-than-life father, their glamorous mother and their comfortable life in Lagos. But all that changes when their father leaves them for another woman. Blessing's mother is fired from her job and soon the family must quit their air-conditioned apartment to go and live with their grandparents in a compound in the Niger Delta. Adapting to life with a poor countryside family is a shock beyond measure.
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Top Customer Reviews
Having never been to Nigeria and knowing little about the cultures or politics, I thought that I could understand more from reading Tiny Sunbirds.
What I did not expect was to be drawn in to every character ( a real person to me), place and situation. I feel like I have lived among the family that the book portrays, so acutely and intimately.
It is such a cliche to say "I could not put it down" but I couldn't. I read it fairly slowly, concentrating to learn the new words and descriptions that I was learning. Smelling the oil, river and streets and tasting the new foods that I have never actually experienced.
Gasping, laughing and dismaying out loud, it was an emotional ride.
I cannot recommend this book enough, whether you want to be more informed, stimulated, inspired, gratified or simply to experience a brilliantly written, beautiful story.
Amazing that this is the authors first novel, I certainly look forward to her next.
I would thoroughly recommend this book - it's a keeper for me.
The voice is so convincing that I assumed Christie Watson was writing semi-biographically. Now, having completed both novel and acknowledgements, I realise the big topics of Western Oil and the Nigerian response to the country's annexation and desolation, were the driving forces. Plus, the dilemma of modern parents, whether they can or should cut their daughters - now with a widespread agenda for No - was explored through Blessing's training as a birthday attendant.
Readers are not just in the hands of one character; Blessing narrates the story and acutely observes characters around her - Mama, her brother Ezekiel, Father (now in the past...or is he?)
A life changing move finds Blessing coping with a deprived life in the rural delta, living with her grandparents and their extensive extended family.
And there I will end my story comments as spoilers are not my aim. Blessing is special and every one of her family joins her in portraying the realities of life in Nigeria today.
I was captivated and kept reading long into the night.
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