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PRINCE OF MONKEYS

by Ehirim, Nnamdi

A provocative debut novel by a brilliant young Nigerian writer, tackling politics, class, spirituality, and power as a group of friends comes of age in Lagos.

Growing up in middle-class Lagos, Nigeria, during the late 1980s and early '90s, Ihechi forms a band of close friends discovering Lagos together as teenagers with differing opinions of everything from film to football, Fela Kuti to spirituality, sex to politics. They remain close-knit until tragedy unfolds during an anti-government riot.
Exiled from Lagos by his concerned mother, Ihechi moves in with his uncle's family, where he struggles to find himself outside his former circle of friends. Ihechi eventually finds success by leveraging his connection with a notorious prostitution linchpin and political heavyweight, earning favor among the ruling elite. But just as Ihechi is about to make his final ascent into the elite political class, he reunites with his childhood friends and experiences a crisis of conscience that forces him to question his world, his motives, and whom he should become.

Nnamdi Ehirim's debut novel, Prince of Monkeys, is a lyrical, meditative observation of Nigerian life, religion, and politics at the end of the twentieth century.

NNAMDI EHIRIM is a twenty-six-year-old Nigerian writer based in Lagos and Madrid. His writing has appeared in Afreada, Brittle Paper, Catapult, The Kalahari Review, and The Republic.

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Told in beautifully evocative prose, a panoramic novel showing that the price of growing beyond one's origins might be steeper than anticipated.

www.kirkusreviews.com/book-reviews/nnamdi-ehirim/prince-of-monkeys/

Review: Kirkus

...the novel is a vivid, astute portrait of Nigeria - and its people - in the throes of upheaval.

www.publishersweekly.com/9781640091672

Review: Publishers Weekly

1/2 NYLON included it in the 50 Best Books to Read in 2019, saying, "This compelling coming-of-age story is an incisive, beautifully written look into modern Nigeria, and offers unsettling insight into the ways in which we are so often at the mercy of powerful forces beyond our control. . . . This book vibrates with life, and is a fascinating, necessary read for anyone who has had to grapple with the ways in which the personal is political."

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Review: Nylon

This compelling coming-of-age story is an incisive, beautifully written look into modern Nigeria, and offers unsettling insight into the ways in which we are so often at the mercy of powerful forces beyond our control. . . . This book vibrates with life, and is a fascinating, necessary read for anyone who has had to grapple with the ways in which the personal is political.

Quote: Kristin Iversen, NYLON, 1 of 50 Books You’ll Want to Read This Year

2/15 Library Journal featured it as one of their best spring debuts of 2019, calling it "a harrowing coming-of-age story"

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Review: Library Journal

Remarkable. . . . Ehirim eloquently succeeds in driving home the steep costs of complacency.

Review: Booklist

Prince of Monkeys is a coming-of-age story told with both precision and power. Nnamdi Ehirim proves himself to be a compelling and impressive new voice.

Quote: Rion Amilcar Scott, author of Insurrections

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