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Publisher's Summary

“If you read one debut novel in 2022, this should be it.” - Los Angeles Times

Named a Most Anticipated Book of the Year by Entertainment Weekly, Vulture, Harper's Bazaar, Buzzfeed, Ms. Magazine, Lit Hub, The Millions, and Electric Literature

In the bustling streets and cloistered homes of Lagos, a cast of vivid characters - some haunted, some defiant - navigate danger, demons, and love in a quest to lead true lives.

As in Nigeria, vagabonds are those whose existence is literally outlawed: the queer, the poor, the displaced, the footloose, and rogue spirits. They are those who inhabit transient spaces, who make their paths and move invisibly, who embrace apparitions, old vengeances and alternative realities. Eloghosa Osunde's brave, fiercely inventive novel traces a wild array of characters for whom life itself is a form of resistance: a driver for a debauched politician with the power to command life and death; a legendary fashion designer who gives birth to a grown daughter; a lesbian couple whose tender relationship sheds unexpected light on their experience with underground sex work; a wife and mother who attends a secret spiritual gathering that shifts her world. As their lives intertwine - in bustling markets and underground clubs, churches and hotel rooms - vagabonds are seized and challenged by spirits who command the city's dark energy. Whether running from danger, meeting with secret lovers, finding their identities, or vanquishing their shadowselves, Osunde's characters confront and support one another, before converging for the once-in-a-lifetime gathering that gives the book its unexpectedly joyous conclusion.

Blending unvarnished realism with myth and fantasy, Vagabonds! is a vital work of imagination that takes us deep inside the hearts, minds, and bodies of a people in duress - and in triumph.

©2022 Eloghosa Osunde (P)2022 Penguin Audio
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Magic

This book draws you in, cuts to your very core, and mends you right back. A truly magical (spiritual, more like) experience.

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One of the best books of 2022

I absolutely loved this book. It's technically a collection of stories, but honestly it's just a story about a city - Lagos, Nigeria - and the people (and creatures) who live there. It's almost impossible to write a book that captures an entire city but this one succeeds in every way. It's magical and beautifully written, the kind of book you want to reread immediately just to catch the things you know you missed. Without question, I know it will be one of my favorite books of 2022.

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V! is an open door, will you walk through it?

I could tell you that this book is a masterpiece and a best seller but that’s something you should already know. Here’s somethings you may not know:
- you don’t need anything but an open heart to read this book. Put aside your god, your politics, your walls. You don’t need them here
- know that this book comes judgment free.
V! in a consistent tone shows you stories and yourself so when you see your shame in that, remember to interrogate yourself and ask it where it came from.

This book can be give everything you need if you let it. For me, it gave me courage to do the bravest thing I have ever done.

Through this book, at the end, in the middle, is freedom.

V! is an open door, will you walk through it?

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Terrible

Was REALLY looking forward to this release. But, after 10 minutes or so, I realize this story is just a "hot mess" of nonsense. I guess I won't pre-order a book until I see what the other reviews say first. I believe the LA Times was the newspaper that recommended this. I'm really disappointed. Will be returning it. Save your credit and $$$. This is, I think, the most negative review I've ever given. So sorry!