Butter Honey Pig Bread

Butter Honey Pig Bread

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"An intergenerational saga about three Nigerian women: a novel about food, family, and forgiveness. Spanning three continents, Butter Honey Pig Bread tells the interconnected stories of three Nigerian women: Kambirinachi and her twin daughters, Kehinde and Taiye. Kambirinachi believes that she is an Ogbanje, or an Abiku, a non-human spirit that plagues a family with misfortune by being born and then dying in childhood to cause a human mother misery. She has made the unnatural choice of staying alive to love her human family but lives in fear of the consequences of her decision. Kambirinachi and her daughters become estranged from one another because of a trauma that Kehinde experiences in childhood, which leads her to move away and cut off all contact. She ultimately finds her path as an artist and seeks to raise a family of her own, despite her fear that she won't be a good mother. Meanwhile, Taiye is plagued by guilt for what her sister suffered and also runs away, attempting to fill the void of that lost relationship with casual flings with women. She eventually discovers a way out of her stifling loneliness through a passion for food and cooking. But now, after more than a decade of living apart, Taiye and Kehinde have returned home to Lagos. It is here that the three women must face each other and address the wounds of the past if they are to reconcile and move forward. For readers of African diasporic authors such as Teju Cole and Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Butter Honey Pig Bread is a story of choices and their consequences, of motherhood, of the malleable line between the spirit and the mind, of finding new homes and mending old ones, of voracious appetites, of queer love, of friendship, faith, and above all, family."--Provided by publisher.
Publisher: Vancouver : Arsenal Pulp Press, [2020]
Copyright Date: �2020
ISBN: 9781551528236
Characteristics: 317 pages ; 23 cm


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May 15, 2021

Excellent! I didn’t expect to like this. Wasn’t deeply into Canada Reads portrayal.
However, it was a worthy contender in the 2021 competition. (Placing 2nd I think)
I liked the mixing of ethnicity, traditional, spiritual and modern content. Different.

May 05, 2021

An absolutely gorgeous novel. Ekwuyasi's take on alienation, faith, and family tore right through me, in a good way. I've never before experienced a book that could, in such quick succession, make me cry, make me laugh, then make me hungry, as this one does. Each character felt vibrantly alive, relatable across time and space; it speaks much to Ekwuyasi's talent as a writer that she can craft scenes in a language I don't speak, but still feel intimately involved with, losing little to nothing in (the absence of) translation.

Big points too for honestly depicting queers living their lives, with all the pain and heartbreak that entails, while also letting the light shine through on how we persevere, love despite fractures, and build chosen families that transcend. This one's staying in my heart.

JCLPiepieB Apr 22, 2021

I really enjoyed this book! The writing struck me instantly because of how beautiful it is. And as a foodie, I quickly learned not to read this book on an empty stomach! I loved how the storylines crisscross the globe, and your heart immediately goes out to these twin girls and their mother. Watch out for trigger scenes, but this book is one that should not be missed.

Apr 14, 2021

Canada Reads book. I think technically it is well written, but I didn't find it to be satisfying. It covers every woke topic known to man. Everyone is a victim. There is supposed to be familial reconciliation at the end, but all I see are individuals who still act like it is all about them. There is no real emotional connection between anyone in this book.

A remarkable story of perceived destiny, heart breaking division, as mother and daughters work toward reconciliation. An unexpected ending, but a worthy read. And the mouth-watering recipes!!

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STPL_JessH Mar 02, 2021

I absolutely love this book. It's sooooooooooooooo good! It love the way the story unfolds carefully, told in fragments restrained enough to keep my attention but generous enough to paint a rich portrait of family life. I felt as though I was sitting in the room right next to the characters in moments both tense and tender. If you are a person who enjoys food in fiction, then please read this book! There are some really mouth-watering passages about fresh food prepared with love and care. Characters grow and change and it is a pleasure to witness their journey. This is by no means a light read, but a sincere and serious story told with some really heartwarming scenes.

Oct 30, 2020

This book! I enjoyed it. The sibling relationship, the integration of the culture of Yoruba, the food, the suffering, the tears, the healing beginning; I was here for all of it. Stories that are told from various personal viewpoints and have often been favorites in various voices. They extend the plot and add layers to the atmosphere of story-telling and what the author is trying to accomplish, create and elevate complex characters, and add depth to interactions. It also helps to get the reader interested in the story and keep them engaged. Ekwuyasi has woven rich, descriptive prose with simple and direct writing in Butter, Honey, Pig, Bread, Ekwuyasi, from which develops an evocative, fascinating and powerful tale of two generations of women-mothers and twin daughters-and their entangled, strained, broken yet beautiful relationship. Throughout the novel, there were also moments when the prose became more, drawing a wealth of emotion with the depth of individual and experience. Final rating;4/5 @Barcelonafan1 of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

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