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A heartbreaking story about a Nigerian poultry farmer who sacrifices everything to win the woman he loves, by Man Booker Finalist and author of The Fishermen, Chigozie Obioma.

"It is more than a superb and tragic novel; it's a historical treasure."-Boston Globe

Set on the outskirts of Umuahia, Nigeria and narrated by a chi, or guardian spirit, An Orchestra of Minorities tells the story of Chinonso, a young poultry farmer whose soul is ignited when he sees a woman attempting to jump from a highway bridge. Horrified by her recklessness, Chinonso joins her on the roadside and hurls two of his prized chickens into the water below to express the severity of such a fall. The woman, Ndali, is stopped her in her tracks.

Bonded by this night on the bridge, Chinonso and Ndali fall in love. But Ndali is from a wealthy family and struggles to imagine a future near a chicken coop. When her family objects to the union because he is uneducated, Chinonso sells most of his possessions to attend a college in Cyprus. But when he arrives he discovers there is no place at the school for him, and that he has been utterly duped by the young Nigerian who has made the arrangements... Penniless, homeless, and furious at a world which continues to relegate him to the sidelines, Chinonso gets further away from his dream, from Ndali and the farm he called home.

Spanning continents, traversing the earth and cosmic spaces, and told by a narrator who has lived for hundreds of years, the novel is a contemporary twist of Homer's Odyssey. Written in the mythic style of the Igbo literary tradition, Chigozie Obioma weaves a heart-wrenching epic about destiny and determination.

Fiction & Literature
January 8
Little, Brown and Company
Hachette Digital, Inc.

Customer Reviews

Marshread ,

Suffered from lack of editing

This book would have been a fine book if only it had a good editor willing to cut the text down by at least a third. I found myself initially interested by the story and the chosen narrator, then bored by the extraneous stories and diversions (e.g. the details of a store transaction carried out by strangers) and then finally angry by the third portion of the book when I began to skip entire sentences in the hope that I would be able to finally finish the book and end my suffering sooner. It is a shame because I really enjoyed The Fishermen by the same author. This book reads instead like the debut novel of an author who having so much to say, decided to be sure to say it all.

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