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Kelso's November 2018 pick
A wicked sharp satire about the jealousy that springs between 2 sisters. Korede is the sensible, no-nonsense, responsible sister who works as a nurse and holds the house down, while Ayoola is the social media obsessed, wantonly beautiful sister who has a habit of killing her boyfriends when she's done with them. Korede keeps her sister in line by disposing of the bodies, cleaning up the crime scene, and making sure she doesn't post that pasta dinner to Instagram while she should be mourning the loss of her boyfriend.
Things change when Korede falls in love with one of the doctors she works with, yet Ayoola has her eyes on the same man. Korede must decide between family loyalty and the love of her life.
Dark, funny, fully developed characters and prose that cuts like glass. This Nigerian slam poet's novel debut should be shot to the top of your TBR list. I'll be hard pressed to not find this novel on some Best Of or Longlisted lists next year.
“My Sister, the Serial Killer is one of the best books to come along in quite a while — fast, funny, and completely engrossing. Oyinkan Braithwaite offers up a tale of Nigerian sisters Ayoola, a beautiful and sociopathic serial killer who destroys boyfriends, aware that all they ever want her for is her appearance, and Korede, a nurse whose average looks leave her continually passed up in preference for Ayoola. Still, taciturn and devoted Korede works hard to cover up her charming sister’s crimes. What will happen when they both fall for the same guy? At once a page-turner and a perversely righteous tale about the emptiness of physical beauty and the superficiality of being charmed by it, My Sister, the Serial Killer is entertaining, provoking, and utterly fascinating!”
— Sarah Sorensen, Bookbug, Kalamazoo, MI
“Who would have guessed that murder might actually be the least distressing part of Oyinkan Braithwaite’s My Sister, the Serial Killer? Packed full of sibling rivalry, workplace drama, and family secrets, this wicked little stiletto of a tale bubbles with malice, served up Lagos-style. The one problem? Braithwaite’s racing prose and vivid characters left me wanting a sequel.”
— David Enyeart, Next Chapter Booksellers, St. Paul, MN
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