Our book club is open to all. Simply read the book and show up.
No registration required, and no pop quiz if you don't finish the book. We ask only that your purchase the book at Inkwood to participate. We'll supply wine, snacks, and a lively discussion!
This Month: My Sister, The Serial Killer by Oyinkan Braithwaite
A short, darkly funny, hand grenade of a novel about a Nigerian woman whose younger sister has a very inconvenient habit of killing her boyfriends
"Femi makes three, you know. Three and they label you a serial killer."
Korede is bitter. How could she not be? Her sister, Ayoola, is many things: the favorite child, the beautiful one, possibly sociopathic. And now Ayoola's third boyfriend in a row is dead.
Korede's practicality is the sisters' saving grace. She knows the best solutions for cleaning blood, the trunk of her car is big enough for a body, and she keeps Ayoola from posting pictures of her dinner to Instagram when she should be mourning her "missing" boyfriend. Not that she gets any credit.
Korede has long been in love with a kind, handsome doctor at the hospital where she works. She dreams of the day when he will realize that she's exactly what he needs. But when he asks Korede for Ayoola's phone number, she must reckon with what her sister has become and how far she's willing to go to protect her.
Sharp as nails and full of deadpan wit, Oyinkan Braithwaite's deliciously deadly debut is as fun as it is frightening.
A taut, rapidly paced thriller that pleasurably subverts serial killer and sisterhood tropes for a guaranteed fun afternoon." --HUFFINGTON POST
"It's Lagos noir--pulpy, peppery and sinister, served up in a comic deadpan...This book is, above all, built to move, to hurtle forward--and it does so, dizzyingly. There's a seditious pleasure in its momentum. At a time when there are such wholesome and dull claims on fiction--on its duty to ennoble or train us in empathy--there's a relief in encountering a novel faithful to art's first imperative: to catch and keep our attention... This scorpion-tailed little thriller leaves a response, and a sting, you will remember." --PARUL SEHGAL, NEW YORK TIMES
"Campy and delightfully naughty...A taut and darkly funny contemporary noir that moves at lightning speed, it's the wittiest and most fun murder party you've ever been invited to." -- SAM IRBY, MARIE CLAIRE
"Braithwaite's writing pulses with the fast, slick heartbeat of a YA thriller, cut through by a dry noir wit. That aridity is startling, a trait we might expect from someone older, more jaded--a Cusk, an Offill. But Braithwaite finds in young womanhood a reason to be bitter. At the center of these women's lives is a knot of pain, and when it springs apart, it bloodies the world."