Hope is central to Okechi Okeke’s The Joy of Meeting a Helper: hope cultivated, deferred, salvaged, and ultimately denied, always with devastating consequences for the young women involved. With dreams of Europe, Okeke’s narrator survives one calamity after another til even the hope of escape from her captivity in aContinue Reading

In Peregrination, an isolated religious community defends its autonomy against government intrusions until at last the soldiers arrive with their rifles; it is in the wisdom and foresight of its narrator that this modern parable about religious devotion is neither an uncritical survey of the effects of faith on believersContinue Reading

Nebila Abdulmelik’s Oma reads like a homage to one’s spiritual leader. While the narrative is energized by its narrator’s awareness that death is imminent, in cataloguing her subject’s life with sparkling anecdotes, Nebila Abdulmelik is able to chart Oma’s unique path. Oma has been longlisted for The Short Story is Dead, Long Live the Short Story! (2018) What was the germination of your story? A desire toContinue Reading