Just when you think the writer has surely exhausted his bag of uproariously funny observations of street life in Lagos, or of immigrant experience in America, he unpacks more ... direct and unmannered, inventive and humorous, above all it is compelling
Helon Habila, Guardian
In Voice of America, Osondu succeeds in creating a vivid and fully imagined world that is uniquely his own... a wonderful achievement
Petina Gappah, Observer
In deceptively simple narratives, Osondu charts the borderlands where different cultures meet with great skill
Nick Rennison, Sunday Times
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This House is Not for Sale
This House is Not for Sale is a story about a house in an African neighbourhood, the Family House, owned and ruled over by the patriarchal, business-minded Grandpa – by turns benevolent and cruel – and home to his wives, children, grandchildren, and the many in his service. It tells the stories of the people who live there, of the curse placed on the house by one of its former occupants, of the evil and brutality that transpires there, and finally of its downfall.
By the acclaimed author of Voice of America, This House is Not for Sale is a brilliantly inventive debut novel which draws on the rich oral traditions of Nigeria and is full of wisdom and dark humour. From everyday violence and magic, to the voices of gossiping neighbours, here is an utterly engrossing story of an African community, its culture and traditions, and the power of storytelling.