Igoni Barrett’s Blackass and Helen Oyeyemi’s What Is Not Yours Is Not Yours are two the 27 Most Exciting Books Coming In 2016 .
The list which was put together by BuzzFeed Books also includes other titles like High Dive by Jonathan Lee, We Love You, Charlie Freeman by Kaitlyn Greenidge, and nonfiction debut of Pulitzer Prize-winning author Jhumpa Lahiri In Other Words by Jhumpa Lahiri.
Blackass was released in the UK and Nigeria to critical acclaim in 2015 and is due for release in the US in March.
What Is Not Yours Is Not Yours by Helen Oyeyemi
The stories in Helen Oyeyemi’s stunning collection What Is Not Yours Is Not Yours look at keys that lock or unlock everything from magical diaries to hearts. Highly imaginative and enchanting, Oyeyemi’s writing in What Is Not Yours Is Not Yours will take readers on a journey to a world that is at once strange and intoxicating — this collection is Oyeyemi at her best.
Publication date: March 8
Blackass by A. Igoni Barrett
Set in the bustling metropolis of Lagos, A. Igoni Barrett’s provocative novel Blackassis a searing satire about a Nigerian man who wakes up one day as a white man. A brilliant, contemporary reworking of Kafka’s Metamorphosis, Blackass is an insightful commentary on race, identity, and modern-day Nigeria.
Publication date: March 1