Butterfly Fish by Irenosen Okojie
Winner of a Betty Trask Award, the phenomenal debut novel by celebrated Black British writer Irenosen Okojie.
After the sudden death of her mother, London photographer Joy struggles to pull the threads of her life back together with the support of her kind but mysterious neighbour Mrs Harris. Joy’s fortunes begin to change when she receives an unexpected inheritance from her mother: a huge sum of money, her grandfather’s diary and a unique brass artefact from the ancient kingdom of Benin.
Joy’s search for the origins of the artefact takes us on a journey through time, and as dark family secrets come to light, Joy unearths the ties between her mother, grandfather, the wife of a king, a fearsome warrior, and the brass head’s pivotal connection to them all.
Haunting and compelling, Butterfly Fish is a richly told story of love and hope, of family secrets, power, political upheaval, loss and coming undone.