WATCH: Arinze Ifeakandu and Brandon Taylor on Queer Love in Fiction
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In the nine exhilarating stories of queer love in contemporary Nigeria in Arinze Ifeakandu’s God’s Children Are Little Broken Things, a man revisits the university campus where he lost his first love, aware now of what he couldn’t understand then. A young musician rises to fame at the price of pieces of himself, and the man who loves him. Ifeakandu explores with tenderness and grace the fundamental question of the heart: can deep love and hope be sustained in spite of the dominant expectations of society, and great adversity?
Watch Arinze in conversation with acclaimed author Brandon Taylor (Filthy Animals), for a celebration of this “exquisite, complex examination of the vulnerabilities of queer love and desire amid family fears, dreams, and the power of expectations” (Asako Serizawa, author of Inheritors).
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Arinze Ifeakandu was born in Kano, Nigeria, and currently lives in Tallahassee, Florida. An AKO Caine Prize for African Writing finalist and A Public Space Writing Fellow, he is a graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. His work has appeared in A Public Space, Guernica, the Kenyon Review, One Story, and Redemption Song and Other Stories: The Caine Prize for African Writing 2018. God’s Children Are Little Broken Things is his first book.