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BOOK REVIEW: The Fishermen by Chigozie Obioma

A tale of four brothers and one mythic event

For the month of November, The Mommy Gamers book club read The Fishermen by Chigozie Obioma. In his debut novel, Nigerian author Chigozie Obioma writes about “four brothers from a middle-class family–the oldest 15, and the youngest nine–take advantage of their father’s extended absence to skip school and go fishing at a forbidden river. There they encounter Abulu, a vision-seeing madman whose prophecy of violence will follow the boys through their lives, and shake up their family in both devastatingly tragic and yet redemptive ways. Already deemed a “classic tale of boyhood,” The Fishermen is both a coming-of-age novel, and a powerful portrait of familial and brotherly bonds, and what happens when trust–the main chord that binds a family–is broken.” (

You can check out our book club discussion of The Fishermen here.

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