Dimensions:8.98in x 6.02 x 1 in | 0.98 lb
Page Count:384 pages
A STORY OF IDENTITY: Yinka must balance her Nigerian family’s traditional values against her friends’ modern sensibilities. Yinka is her own person—she won’t compromise her beliefs for anyone. She is a relatable, witty, strong-willed heroine readers will root for.
A FRESH VOICE IN CONTEMPORARY ROMANCE: Lizzie Damilola Blackburn shares a British-Nigerian identity with her main character, and she draws from her own experiences to fill the novel with authentic detail. Contemporary romance readers are eager for better representation in the genre, and Blackburn delivers in a big way.
TACKLES TIMELY ISSUES: As Yinka makes decisions about her life—what kind of person she’ll love and what kind of person she wants to be—she grapples with timely issues such as society’s standards of beauty, colorism, cultural expectations, and pressures to settle down.
BUILDABLE DEBUT AUTHOR: We immediately fell in love with Yinka—with her sharp insights and charm, Blackburn is destined to become a beloved author of contemporary romance.
“So modern and fresh. Like Bridget Jones, Yinka is a lovable and relatable disaster—which is to say, she isn’t actually a disaster at all…I adore her.” —Emily Henry, #1 New York Times bestselling author of People We Meet on Vacation
“Yinka, Where is Your Huzband? was a total joy to read—it’s hilarious, insightful and so uplifting. Yinka is the most lovable character I’ve come across in a long time—I was cheering her on for every step of her journey.” —Beth O’Leary, international bestselling author of The Road Trip
“Blackburn’s lighthearted tone helps deliver heavy thoughts on colorism, the tension of cultural differences and the benefits of therapy, as the story moves toward a happy ending on all fronts. [Yinka, Where Is Your Huzband?] delivers loads of entertainment and a dollop of enlightenment.” —Publishers Weekly
“A sassy, spirited story.” —Kirkus Reviews
“A laugh-out-loud story of self-discovery, set against the world of contemporary dating…. Fans of Uzma Jalaluddin and Sonya Lalli will delight in this story of a one of a kind woman learning how to love one of the most important people in her life: herself.” —Booklist
“Fresh, heartfelt and funny, Yinka is a can’t miss debut that feels like a new classic.” —BuzzFeed
“Cheeky and entertaining, the novel…packs in a whole lot of cross-cultural drama and social commentary with an easy-going, conversational style…. Comedic gold.” —StarTribune
“A perfect depiction of how a Black woman’s search for love can lead to disastrous results if it’s not rooted in self-acceptance. What starts out as a detailed plan to get a date for a cousin’s wedding turns into a cautionary tale of the pernicious effects of sexism, racism and colorism upon women of the African diaspora.” —USA Today
“Beautifully observed, warm and deeply human, Yinka is a meditation on family and friendship, on love and self-love. Feel-good, funny and clever, it’s got smash-hit written all over it!” —Josie Silver, New York Times bestselling author of One Day in December
“Yinka, Where is Your Huzband? is a beautiful, big hearted story about friendship, family, and love. Yinka’s charming voice draws you in and her journey toward self-acceptance will make you stay. A fun and relatable read.” —Emiko Jean, New York Times bestselling author
“A warm, witty, and joyful novel bursting with charm and unforgettable characters, this is a story about friendship, family, romance, and the most important quest of all—loving and accepting yourself.” —Lauren Ho, author of Last Tang Standing
“Blackburn deftly immerses us in the life of a loveable Yinka as she straddles two cultures in her search for a ’huzband.’ Smart, sophisticated, and fresh this is the ’girl gets herself’ type of story I love to read!” —Jayne Allen, author of Black Girls Must Die Exhausted
“Spreadsheets, meddling aunties, and makeovers…. Yinka, Where Is Your Huzband? is a delightful journey of a British Nigerian woman longing to find love, and to love herself. Reader, you’ll root for Yinka the whole way.” —Patricia Park, author of Re Jane