Audience:General / adult
Dimensions:9.55in x 6.65 x 0.95 in | 1.14 lb
Page Count:256 pages
BREAKOUT DEBUT NOVEL: A glorious pairing of commercial storytelling instincts and extraordinary literary panache, anchored by three irresistible heroines and set in a city that leaps off the page, Dele Weds Destiny has brains, heart, humor, and is exactly what readers want right now. A standout debut novel and the launch of a major career.
AUTHOR: Thirty-year-old Tomi Obaro is a senior editor at BuzzFeed News, where she edits award-winning authors and writes cultural criticism, and is connected to a number of popular contemporary authors. She will be a major asset to our publication efforts.
GENRE: Crazy Rich Asians meets Americanah; Commencement meets The Vanishing Half. This is a story about mothers and daughters, about being Nigerian, Yoruba, Hausa, Muslim—a novel for our times, warm and funny and impossible to put down.
EARLY BUZZ: Acquired in a twelve-way auction and immediately preempted in Germany and the UK, Dele Weds Destiny has already set off a firestorm of excitement, with many more international deals and stellar endorsements in the works.
“Loving and lively…the writing takes on a political power…indelible…bravura.“ —The New York Times Book Review
“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, author of An American Marriage
“A story rendered with so much heart.” —Taylor Jenkins Reid, author of The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo
“This enchanting debut is an affectionate portrait of 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
“Tomi Obaro has given us a wonderful novel full of richly-drawn, complicated, nuanced characters all trying to love and connect with each other. An ode to the bonds of friendship across decades, Dele Weds Destiny is a marvelous debut.” —Jami Attenberg, author of The Middlesteins
“Dele Weds Destiny is, among a great many other things, such a generous and patient consideration of life, and of lives. Tomi Obaro is such a skilled writer, with an eye towards the vivid and vivacious moments that others might dismiss as stillness. I am so thankful for the world of this book, and so excited for everyone who gets to sit in it.” —Hanif Abdurraqib, author of They Can’t Kill Us Until They Kill Us
“Obaro writes beautifully about the complicated labor of friendship and parentage. Dele Weds Destiny explores caregiving as a kind of deferment, but also as discovery, of desire, of fury, of home.” —Raven Leilani, author of Luster
“An engrossing read with strong characters and a clear portrait of Nigeria then and now…Obaro’s debut is a portrait of female friendship that will feel familiar to women everywhere, but it is also infused with Nigerian cultural specificity: food, clothing, religion, music, and ambient threat.” —Kirkus Reviews
“The intricacies of female friendships and the complex nature of mother/daughter relationships are at the heart of this absorbing novel from BuzzFeed culture editor Obaro, a sharp new voice on the literary scene.” —Library Journal
”[A] summer gem of a novel… Obaro evokes the deep and universal bonds developed in the women’s college years as she reveals their secrets, and she also enriches this novel with Nigerian sensibility, from its music and food to its uncertainty and instability." —The National Book Review