Season of Crimson Blossoms

Season of Crimson Blossoms

Abubakar Adam Ibrahim




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(Paperback with flaps | ISBN 9789386702418 | 296 pp | November 2017)


In the sprawling suburbs of Abuja, Binta Zubairu—a devout fifty-five-year-old widow, grandmother of five—woke up to the smell of cockroaches and knew something inauspicious was about to happen. What she didn’t expect was that twenty-five-year-old Hassan ‘Reza’, a weed dealer, thug for hire and street-gang leader, would scale her fence and land in ‘the puddle that was her heart’.

Binta yearns for intimacy after the sexual repression of her marriage, the pain of losing her first child and the privations of widowhood. Reza seeks to fill the void left by his estranged mother and increasingly distant father. Brought together in the most unusual circumstances, the two embark on a whirlwind secret relationship. But things come to a head when Binta’s wealthy son confronts Reza, with disastrous consequences.

Abubakar’s powerful debut novel—set in a conservative Muslim community in northern Nigeria, and against a backdrop of political corruption and violence—is a haunting story of love and longing that unfurls gently and memorably, revealing layers of emotion that defy age, class and religion.


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‘Abubakar’s intense, compelling novel navigates violence and taboo sexuality, tenderness and longing, family and the individual. It reminds us, masterfully, about the irrevocable force of love and physical passion even in the face of brutality.’
—Namita Gokhale

‘A rich and vibrant novel with shades of brutality, romance and the pressures of a close knit community.’—Leila Aboulela, author of The Kindness of Enemies

‘This is a brave and important novel which shocks and excites in equal measure with its echoes of Marquez, Soyinka and Ben Okri.’—Toni Kan, poet and author of The Carnivorous City

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About the author

Abubakar Adam Ibrahim

Abubakar Adam Ibrahim is a Nigerian writer and journalist. His debut short-story collection The Whispering Trees (2012) was long-listed for the Etisalat Prize for Literature in 2014, with the title story shortlisted for the Caine Prize for African Writing. Abubakar has won the BBC African Performance Prize. He is a Gabriel Garcia Marquez Fellow (2013) […]

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