Jumoke Verissimo shortlisted for the RSL Ondaatje Prize 2020

Congratulations to Jumoke Verissimo, whose debut novel, A Small Silence has been shortlisted for the RSL Ondaatje Prize 2020! A Small Silence explores what happens when one chooses to live in isolation, and the impact that human connection can have, making it an especially poignant read today.

A Small Silence brings Lagos to life in all its chaos and hustle. In their review of the novel, Brittle Paper wrote ‘…what gets lost in all the visual spectacle and exhilarating velocity of Lagos life are stories about silent and invisible suffering. A Small Silence is an invitation to listen for the sounds within silences so that we can be perceptive even in places where our eyes fail us.”

Source: Cassava Republic

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