Yinka, Where Is Your Huzband?

Pamela Dorman: Viking. Jan. 2022. 384p. ISBN 9780593299005. $26. F
DEBUT Blackburn’s Bridget Jones–esque debut is a sensitive, humorous chronicle of a young woman’s journey of self-discovery. Thirtysomething Nigerian British Yinka is trying to get her life together. Her large, religious Nigerian family desperately wants to see her married off to a nice young man. After a public prayer for her singlehood at her sister’s baby shower, Yinka decides to make it her mission to find a mate. But then she’s “made redundant” at the bank where she works and discovers her cousin Rachel is getting married. Now Yinka is in the middle of a crisis. The narrative shifts when Yinka reconnects with an old friend from college and starts volunteering with his homeless outreach organization. Donovan helps Yinka start to make sense of some of her emotional issues and tries to assist her with a new career path. This universal story of a young woman coming into her own contains many elements of Nigerian culture.
VERDICT Readers who like the novels of Marian Keyes and Cecelia Ahern will find much to enjoy here.
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