• Dele Weds Destiny

  • A Novel
  • By: Tomi Obaro
  • Narrated by: Tariye Peterside
  • Length: 8 hrs and 16 mins
  • 4.3 out of 5 stars (49 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

The story of three once-inseparable college friends in Nigeria who reunite in Lagos for the first time in thirty years—a sparkling debut novel about mothers and daughters, culture and class, sex and love, and the extraordinary resilience of female friendship.

“The bonds between women—as friends, and across the generations—are the jewels that make this story shine.”—Tayari Jones, author of An American Marriage

Funmi, Enitan, and Zainab first meet at university in Nigeria and become friends for life despite their differences. Funmi is beautiful, brash, and determined; Enitan is homely and eager, seeking escape from her single mother's smothering and needy love; Zainab is elegant and reserved, raised by her father's first two wives after her mother's death in childbirth. Their friendship is complicated but enduring, and over the course of the novel, the listener learns about their loves and losses. How Funmi stole Zainab's boyfriend and became pregnant, only to have an abortion and lose the boyfriend to police violence. How Enitan was seduced by an American Peace Corps volunteer, the only one who ever really saw her, but is culturally so different from him—a Connecticut WASP—that raising their daughter together put them at odds. How Zainab fell in love with her teacher, a friend of her father’s, and ruptured her relationship with her father to have him.

Now, some thirty years later, the three women are reunited for the first time, in Lagos. The occasion: Funmi’s daughter, Destiny, is getting married. Enitan brings her American daughter, Remi. Zainab travels by bus, nervously leaving her ailing husband in the care of their son. Funmi, hosting the weekend with her wealthy husband, wants everything to go perfectly. But as the big day approaches, it becomes clear that something is not right. As the novel builds powerfully, the complexities of the mothers’ friendship—and the private wisdom each has earned—come to bear on a riveting, heartrending moment of decision. Dele Weds Destiny is a sensational debut from a dazzling new voice in contemporary fiction.

©2022 Tomi Obaro (P)2022 Random House Audio

Critic Reviews

"Fast-paced, glamorous, and bursting with emotion, Dele Weds Destiny is a thrilling debut. The bonds between women—as friends, and across the generations—are the jewels that make this story shine.” (Tayari Jones)

“This enchanting debut is an affectionate portrait of a three women at middle age, cannily exploring the ways the self is forged in youth. With an admirably light touch, Tomi Obaro documents how class, race, faith, and power define the lives of women in Nigeria and America, past and present.” (Rumaan Alam, author of Leave the World Behind)

“Tomi Obaro has a true gift for honoring the details that illuminate our most human tensions.... Dele Weds Destiny is a black diamond of a debut.” (Saeed Jones, author of How We Fight for Our Lives)

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Good story

This novel was very engaging. All the characters were well fleshed out, and I totally enjoyed getting to know the mothers. Enitan, Funmi and Zeynab were all women you could understand. However, naming the book about Destiny and Dele, lead me to believe that more would've been resolved/ discussed about them. I needed a bit more towards the ending of the book, but I'm guessing that will be done in book 2.

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Worth the listen despite the (minor) flaws

The story was EXCELLENT! But the author's habit of switching tenses mid paragraph was a bit distracting. As was her need to occasionally over-describe details that turned out to have no relevance to the plot (like every item of food on the table).
The storyteller was brilliant in her ability to give each character their own voice. However, her inflections and pauses left a little to be desired.

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Awesome

I really enjoyed this book and the narrator wow. She’s so good with the accents and way things are said

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Disappointing ending

I enjoyed the writer’s vivid descriptions and the storyteller’s performance. However, the ending felt abrupt.

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still waiting for story to conclude

I was ready to give this book five stars until the last second.. this book ended without concluding the story. honestly can't say how cheated I feel. The story was great but the ending resulted in a one star for me

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