Wahala (MP3 CD)

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Wahala (MP3 CD)


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January 2022 Indie Next List

Wahala offers a fresh, suspenseful, and insightful exploration of the darker complexities of friendship, romance, and ambition from the perspectives of three Anglo-Nigerian women.”
— Alyssa Raymond, Copper Dog Books, Beverly, MA

Staff Reviews

Wahala means trouble, and there is plenty of that to go around in this book! Simi, Boo, and Ronke are a group of long-time friends with strong bonds and successful adult lives (whether that is their perceptions). This captivating story explores the good, the bad, and the ugly of friendship and what happens when Isobel, a friend from Simi’s childhood, suddenly shows up and determinedly inserts herself into their lives. Her presence highlights both the strengths of their bonds and the small fissures that exist and are often ignored or downplayed. Anyone who has been part of a group of friends will find this relatable and recognize the ups and downs of friendship occurring within the pages. With an explosive conclusion revealing Isobel’s true motivations, this complex portrayal of friendship will keep you at the edge of your seat until the very end. The rich descriptions of Anglo-Nigerian culture and lives are an added depth that makes this a standout from other friendship stories.

— Cori

Utterly winning...brings to mind Sex and the City but feels more modern, more real. When I closed Nikki May's delicious, hilarious novel, I felt I was returning to joy. I knew it was time to call my friends...time to get into some good wahala of my own. -- Amanda Eyre Ward, New York Times bestselling author of The Jetsetters and The Lifeguards

An incisive and exhilarating debut novel following three Anglo-Nigerian best friends and the lethally glamorous fourth woman who infiltrates their group--the most unforgettable girls since Carrie, Miranda, Charlotte, and Samantha.

Ronke wants happily ever after and 2.2. kids. She's dating Kayode and wants him to be the one (perfect, like her dead father). Her friends think he's just another in a long line of dodgy Nigerian boyfriends.

Boo has everything Ronke wants--a kind husband, gorgeous child. But she's frustrated, unfulfilled, plagued by guilt, and desperate to remember who she used to be.

Simi is the golden one with the perfect lifestyle. No one knows she's crippled by impostor syndrome and tempted to pack it all in each time her boss mentions her urban vibe. Her husband thinks they're trying for a baby. She's not.

When the high-flying, charismatic Isobel explodes into the group, it seems at first she's bringing out the best in each woman. (She gets Simi an interview in Shanghai Goes jogging with Boo ) But the more Isobel intervenes, the more chaos she sows, and Ronke, Simi, and Boo's close friendship begins to crack.

A sharp, modern take on friendship, ambition, culture, and betrayal, Wahala (trouble) is an unforgettable novel from a brilliant new voice.

Product Details ISBN: 9798200851591
Publisher: HarperCollins
Publication Date: January 11th, 2022
Language: English