Irenosen Okojie


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Dialogue Books
27 June 2024
ISBN: 9780349700946
304 pages

From the publisher

From an award-winning author comes this thrilling, experimental new novel exploring the darker elements of shamanism, desire, betrayal and friendship - across time and dimensions.

"I loved it. Vivid, brutal, moving and tender. This is heartfelt and immersive." Joanne Harris

"Curandera is the mesmerising by-product of Okojie's extraordinary imagination and writing that is mindbogglingly glorious." Yvvette Edwards

In the mountainous town of Gethsemane, 17th-century Cape Verde, a mysterious woman's arrival sparks a series of strange events that will leave the town's inhabitants changed: men sporadically blind in the afternoons, children disappearing and reappearing without warning and infertile women pregnant with the memories of past births.

In present-day London, a quartet are brought together by their fascination with ritual, miracles and a life beyond the mundane. Botanist Therese lives with Azacca, a soulful Haitian musician, Peruvian drifter Emilien, who is haunted by the past, and adventurous Finn, who is increasingly drawn to living life on the edge.

With the past and present beginning to blur into one, Curandera is a story of rebirth and redemption, a mythic tale of recalibrations across time.

Praise for Irenosen Okojie's previous books:

"Dazzling . . . a feast for the senses." Diana Evans

"One of the finest literary imaginations working today." Max Porter

"A liberatingly odd, seductive and fearless talent." Laline Paull

"Okojie has a sharp eye . . . and a turn of phrase that switches from elegance to brutality in a single line." Stella Duffy