My first book of the year

Happy New Year!

In 2016 I didn’t read enough books, so this year I’m making it a priority. Specifically I want to read more short stories and more African literature. My first book of the year is both.

Happiness Like Water by Chinelo Okparanta.


‘In these exquisite stories, Chinelo Okparanta introduces us to families burdened equally by the past and the future. Here, we meet a childless couple with very different desires, a college professor comforting a troubled student, a mother seeking refuge from an abusive husband, and a young woman waiting to join her lover abroad. High expectations consume them. Nigeria defines them.’

Chinelo Okparanta was born in Port Harcourt, Nigeria. She was one of Granta’s New Voices for 2012 and her writing has appeared in publications such as the New Yorker, Granta, Tin House, and The Kenyan Review. 

I’m looking forward to getting started. Review to follow.