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Butter Honey Pig Bread

por Francesca Ekwuyasi

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Fiction. Literature. LGBTQIA+ (Fiction.) HTML:Finalist, Lambda Literary Award, Governor General's Literary Award, and Amazon Canada First Novel Award; Longlisted for the Scotiabank Giller Prize
Spanning three continents, Butter Honey Pig Bread tells the interconnected stories of three Nigerian women: Kambirinachi and her twin daughters, Kehinde and Taiye. Kambirinachi believes that she is an Ogbanje, or an Abiku, a non-human spirit that plagues a family with misfortune by being born and then dying in childhood to cause a human mother misery. She has made the unnatural choice of staying alive to love her human family but lives in fear of the consequences of her decision.

Kambirinachi and her two daughters become estranged from one another because of a trauma that Kehinde experiences in childhood, which leads her to move away and cut off all contact. She ultimately finds her path as an artist and seeks to raise a family of her own, despite her fear that she won't be a good mother. Meanwhile, Taiye is plagued by guilt for what her sister suffered and also runs away, attempting to fill the void of that lost relationship with casual flings with women. She eventually discovers a way out of her stifling loneliness through a passion for food and cooking.

But now, after more than a decade of living apart, Taiye and Kehinde have returned home to Lagos. It is here that the three women must face each other and address the wounds of the past if they are to reconcile and move forward.

For readers of African diasporic authors such as Teju Cole and Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Butter Honey Pig Bread is a story of choices and their consequences, of motherhood, of the malleable line between the spirit and the mind, of finding new homes and mending old ones, of voracious appetites, of queer love, of friendship, faith, and above all, family.
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Excellent debut with lovely writing and lots of warmth. ( )
  mmcrawford | Dec 5, 2023 |
A predictable plot-line is almost submerged by an overload of descriptive detail whose purpose seemed obscure to me. As though, in a movie, the camera kept closing in on items of clothing or furniture for no apparent reason. The food descriptions were appetising, likewise no doubt the lesbian sex scenes for those so inclined, but as a narrative it was anything but gripping.
  booksaplenty1949 | Apr 12, 2023 |
I read a glowing review of Butter Honey Pig Bread that quickly pushed this wonderful book to the top of my reading list! It tells the intertwining stories of three Nigerian women: (Kambirinachi and her twin daughters, Kehinde and Taiye), who become estranged from one another after Kehinde is sexually abused. After more than a decade apart, Taiye and Kehinde return home to Lagos, where the three women struggle to reconcile and address past wounds.

There are so many layers to this beautiful book, and it touches on many issues, including mental illness, child abuse, inter-generational trauma, self-destructive behavior, and more. I found myself drawn to each woman's story, and although there were many sad moments, it also felt uplifting. I have to mention ... this book will also make you super hungry! Taiye is an amazing cook, and I found myself googling different recipes to try as I read. ( )
  ginniel | Mar 6, 2023 |
A wonderful, warm book that touches on so many difficult subjects. Three Nigerian women - a mother and her twin daughters - live through many difficult events and even violence, but retain a beautiful ability to love and forgive.

The book describes an unbridgeable rift between the sisters, and as adults they pursue their lives on two continents - one in Canada and the other in England. The book travels back and forth between the present and the past and we learn of the events that have torn this family apart.

The book is filled with lush descriptions of food and art and love, and you'll find yourself yearning for all three!

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  sriddell | Aug 6, 2022 |
Amazing story, wonderful, vivid characters, scenes that made me want to cook and/or eat, and a glimpse into a culture not mine, and a family not mine. It ended too soon; I wanted more. 2022 pandemic read. Recommended by a friend from Canada, who hadn't yet read it, but intends to read it soonish. ( )
  bookczuk | Feb 25, 2022 |
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Fiction. Literature. LGBTQIA+ (Fiction.) HTML:Finalist, Lambda Literary Award, Governor General's Literary Award, and Amazon Canada First Novel Award; Longlisted for the Scotiabank Giller Prize
Spanning three continents, Butter Honey Pig Bread tells the interconnected stories of three Nigerian women: Kambirinachi and her twin daughters, Kehinde and Taiye. Kambirinachi believes that she is an Ogbanje, or an Abiku, a non-human spirit that plagues a family with misfortune by being born and then dying in childhood to cause a human mother misery. She has made the unnatural choice of staying alive to love her human family but lives in fear of the consequences of her decision.

Kambirinachi and her two daughters become estranged from one another because of a trauma that Kehinde experiences in childhood, which leads her to move away and cut off all contact. She ultimately finds her path as an artist and seeks to raise a family of her own, despite her fear that she won't be a good mother. Meanwhile, Taiye is plagued by guilt for what her sister suffered and also runs away, attempting to fill the void of that lost relationship with casual flings with women. She eventually discovers a way out of her stifling loneliness through a passion for food and cooking.

But now, after more than a decade of living apart, Taiye and Kehinde have returned home to Lagos. It is here that the three women must face each other and address the wounds of the past if they are to reconcile and move forward.

For readers of African diasporic authors such as Teju Cole and Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Butter Honey Pig Bread is a story of choices and their consequences, of motherhood, of the malleable line between the spirit and the mind, of finding new homes and mending old ones, of voracious appetites, of queer love, of friendship, faith, and above all, family.

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