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‘Love is Power, Or Something Like That’ by A. Igoni Barrett

‘Love Is Power, or Something Like That,” a collection of stories set largely in modern-day Nigeria, pulses with an indomitable life force that is, by turns, tender and fierce.

In nine taut stories, A. Igoni Barrett, who lives in Lagos, captures lives full of yearning, striving, setbacks, and moments of joy. He’s a compassionate if unflinching writer whose stories of daily life in Nigeria turn on universal themes. There’s a 15-year-old boy who poses online as a 23-year-old Liberian widow, a young man who thrusts himself on a girl 15 years his junior, and a woman who becomes friends with her husband’s mistress.

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