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Twin sisters Bibike and Ariyike are enjoying a relatively comfortable life in Lagos in 1996. Then their mother loses her job due to political strife, and the family, facing poverty, is drawn into the New Church, an institution led by a charismatic pastor who is not shy about worshipping earthly wealth. 

Soon Bibike and Ariyike's father wagers the family home on a sure bet that evaporates like smoke. As their parents' marriage collapses in the aftermath of this gamble, the twin sisters and their two younger siblings Andrew and Peter are thrust into the reluctant care of their traditional Yoruba grandmother. Inseparable while they had their parents to care for them, the twins' paths diverge once the household shatters. Each girl is left to locate, guard, and hone her own fragile source of power. 

Written with astonishing intimacy and wry attention to the fickleness of fate, Tola Rotimi Abraham's Black Sunday takes us into the chaotic heart of family life, tracing a line from the euphoria of kinship to the devastation of estrangement. In the process, it joyfully tells a tale of grace and connection in the midst of daily oppression and the constant incursions of unremitting patriarchy. This is a novel about two young women slowly finding, over 20 years, in a place rife with hypocrisy but also endless life and love, their own distinct methods of resistance and paths to independence.

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Good Story - Awful accents

With the exception of Bibike and Ariyike, the performances were awful. Why does audible not simply have people with authentic accents read the story. It’s so distracting to have to listen to actors who cannot do a convincing Nigerian accent and are incapable of even pronouncing some Yoruba words. This is the second badly performed book by a Nigerian author I’ve listened to. I think going forward I will stick to Kindle rather than audiobooks.

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Great book finished in two days

Loved this book I didn't love the ending I highly recommend this is Masculinity turmoil spiral in this family

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Interesting, but a bit scattered

The prenise is interesting, but the book itself may be too short to really fulfill the ambition of the writer. I enjoyed the first narrator far more than any other, and think the book could have done without any narration by the brothers. What we get, however, is a glimpse into the lives of different family members. It is interesting and still manages a degree of depth. I found the ending a bit abrupt. I would be interested in reading more from the writer.

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captivating storyline

beautifully written, can't wait to read more from her, the only thing I would change will be the boys narration in Yoruba, it was clear they DNT speak Yoruba and it was off