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Title: An Unusual Grief
Author: Yewande Omotoso
Publisher: Cassava Republic Press
Publication Date: 12th October, 2021.
How do you get to know your daughter when she is dead? This question takes Mojisola on a journey of emotional and sexual self-discovery.
When her daughter Yinka dies, Mojisola is finally forced to stop running away from the difficulties in their relationship, and also come to terms with Yinka the woman. Mojisola’s grief leads her on a journey of self-discovery, as she moves into her daughter’s apartment and begins to unearth the life Yinka had built for herself there, away from her family.
Through stepping into Yinka’s shoes, Mojisola comes to a better understanding not only of her estranged daughter, but also herself, as she learns to carve a place for herself in the world beyond the labels of wife and mother. A bold and unflinching tale of one woman’s unconventional approach to life and loss.
The book cover was designed by Leah Candace Jacobs-Gordon
An Unusual Grief is a stunning new novel by Yewande Omotoso, coming from Cassava Republic Press in October 2021. The novel explores what grieving motherhood looks like when mother and daughter have been long estranged. Set in South Africa’s Johannesburg, An Unusual Grief follows Mojisola on a journey of self-discovery, as she begins to peel back the layers of her daughter’s life.
Yewande Omotoso adeptly explores an older woman’s erotic awakening and experimentation, the struggles of motherhood and the many ways cultural expectations on women can create chasms that stretch across generations.
An Unusual Grief is the perfect read for lovers of Like A Mule Bringing Ice Cream to the Sun and Seasons of Crimson Blossoms.
About the Author
Yewande Omotoso, author of An Unusual Grief, trained as an architect. Her debut novel Bom Boy was shortlisted for the 2012 Sunday Times Fiction Prize in South Africa. Yewande was shortlisted for the 2013 Etisalat Prize for Literature. Her second novel, Woman Next Door, was longlisted for the 2017 Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction. In 2018, it was shortlisted for the International DUBLIN Literary Award and a finalist in the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award for Fiction. It has been translated into Catalan, Dutch, French, German. Italian and Korean. She currently lives in Johannesburg.