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The Day Ends Like Any Day
The Day Ends Like Any Day

The Day Ends Like Any Day


268 Pages, 5 x 8

Formats: Trade Paper, EPUB, Mobipocket

Trade Paper, $13.95 (US $13.95) (CA $18.95)

Publication Date: September 2017

ISBN 9781910688298

Rights: US & CA

Holland House (Sep 2017)


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Growing up is a strange affair for Sam, a young Nigerian, who lives in a slum called The Blocks. His father only speaks to his children once he's drunk enough alcohol, and his mother won't accept that Sam is different from his siblings. Sam is formed by the people he meets: a young gay man he can't rescue from his tormentors, a girl whose rapist escapes when the women of the block seek justice, and Pa Suku, a strange figure who opens Sam's eyes to books, music, poetry, and jazz. When Sam goes to college, he is faced with his own lack of belonging and confronts his own sexuality. This book is the lyrical, challenging account of the multiple lives of a young Nigerian who refuses to accept that he has been shaped by the traumas of his past.


"Timothy Ogene's stunning debut novel The Day Ends Like Any Day is a post-colonial coming of age story set in contemporary Nigeria. By turns mythic, inspiring, sexy, seedy, and deeply sad, this book will astonish and delight." —Douglas Glover, author, Elle; editor, Numero Cinq

"A vibrant coming-of-age tale which looks back to urban Nigerian classics such as Cyprian Ekwensi's Lokotown but also forward to an unfolding picture of African identity that is both global and cosmopolitan." —Giles Foden, author, The Last King of Scotland

"An intense exploration of beauty, friendship, and self-discovery told with compassion. The characters linger with you long after the reading." —Tendai Huchu, author, The Hairdresser of Harare and The Maestro, The Magistrate, & The Mathemetician

"Timothy Ogene's beautiful novel is a new form of Bildungsroman: Sam's story is also a journey through books and memories, so much so that a life's journey is not only oriented forwards, but also backwards." —Ioana Danaila, The African Book Review

"The Day Ends Like Any Day illustrates the ways in which human beings carry their pasts with them no matter where they go. A powerful novel that demands reconciliation, from the reader and its protagonist alike." —Letitia Montgomery-Rodgers, Foreword Reviews

Author Biography

Timothy Ogene is currently working on a Master's in Creative Writing at the University of East Anglia. His poems and stories have appeared in publications such as Blue Rock Review, The Missing Slate, One Throne Magazine, and Poetry Quarterly. He lives in Norwich, England.