Japa and Other Stories
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Japa and Other Stories

Title Details

Pages: 168

Trim size: 5.500in x 8.500in



Pub Date: 09/01/2024

ISBN: 9-780-8203-6727-9

List Price: $25.95

Japa and Other Stories

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These eight brutally beautiful stories are struck full of fragmented dreams, highly developed thieves, misadventures, and displaced characters all heaving through a human struggle to anchor themselves in a new home or sometimes a new reality. This book came out of a struggle to orient myself in the America of 2017 to 2021 when attitudes towards immigrants suddenly shifted. The JAPA characters explored in this book are immigrants who have no plans to return to their home country---for voluntary reasons--- though they retain a strong connection to home. The world is encountering this kind of immigrant for the first time.
Japa and Other Stories is a brilliant collection of stories so ravishingly voiced that we inhabit African immigrants in the USA as if their souls were our own, allowing us to intensely share—as indeed we all share in our universal humanity—the yearning to find a self, an identity, a place in the universe. Iheoma Nwachukwu is a literary artist of the highest order.

—Robert Olen Butler, author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning A Good Scent from a Strange Mountain

About the Author/Editor

IHEOMA NWACHUKWU is a fiction writer and poet. He has won fellowships from the Mississippi Arts Commission, the Michener Center, and the Chinua Achebe Center. His work has been published in Ploughshares, The Southern Review, The Iowa Review, AGNI, Electric Literature, Crazyhorse, and other venues. Iheoma is an Assistant Professor at Eastern University. He lives in Pennsylvania.