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Darwin, who is a Rastafarian forced to accept a job as a gravedigger, and Yejide, who inherits the task of helping the dead, are confronted with the consequences of generational trauma and the road to understanding the meaning of family and inheritance. Darwin and Yejide are connected in a way that surpasses the physical world and in Banwo’s novel we watch them awaken to this reality. Set in the spaces where the worlds of the dead and the living converge, and written in a language that carries the sound of Trinidad – Ayanna Lloyd Banwo’s debut is at once magical and real, heart-wrenching and gentle.

When We Were Birds; Ayanna Lloyd Banwo

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