Fiction & Poetry, Modern & Contemporary Fiction
Hardback Published on: 22/02/2024
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A Searing Debut
An intimate and powerful coming-of-age novel. Obiefuna is banished to a Christian boarding school when his father witnesses him sharing an intimate moment ... READ MORE
Jen Mackay at Windsor
This is How You Do a Debut
Never mind this being an incredible debut, this was an incredible book, full stop! This story was so beautiful and so gorgeously constructed. The dual POVs... READ MORE
Leigh  Boyle


When Obiefuna's father witnesses an intimate moment between his teenage son and the family's apprentice, newly arrived from the nearby village, he banishes Obiefuna to a Christian boarding school marked by strict hierarchy and routine, devastating violence. Utterly alienated from the people he loves, Obiefuna begins a journey of self-discovery and blossoming desire, while his mother Uzoamaka grapples to hold onto her favourite son, her truest friend. Interweaving the perspectives of Obiefuna and his mother Uzoamaka, as they reach towards a future that will hold them both, Blessings is an elegant and exquisitely moving story of love and loneliness. Asking how we can live freely when politics reaches into our hearts and lives, as well as deep into our consciousness, it is a stunning, searing debut.

  • Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
  • ISBN: 9780241618257
  • Number of pages: 256
  • Weight: 314g
  • Dimensions: 204 x 138 x 23 mm

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Heartbreaking but important read
For a small book this packs a punch! Blessings tells the story of Obiefuna. When his father witnesses an intimate moment between his son and an apprent... READ MORE
Kelly Smeeton
Emotional, beautiful storytelling
Madeleine Stormer
A beautiful novel
Obiefuna is the beloved first son, but his brother Ekene is more of what their parents want from a son. Obiefuna, more interested in artistic things, is b... READ MORE
Ben Dutton
Ibeh is a powerful new voice
4.5 Chukwuebuka Ibeh's novel brings a powerful new voice from Nigeria. Blessings is the story of Obiefuna, whose only "crime" is to fall in love with... READ MORE
One to watch
Blessings is a captivating, intimate, debut novel from Ibeh, who shows all the signs of a future literary star. From the beautiful prose to the raw emotio... READ MORE
Sarah Packer
Powerful, sensitive .. a stunning debut
Sometimes you read a book that you know will last with you for along time ahead; Blessings is one of these books. Obiefuna never fitted in with all the... READ MORE
Stephen - the bookworm
Blessings is a heart-wrenching, beautifully written story that grabs you immediately.
Blessings is a heart-wrenching, beautifully written story that grabs you immediately. This book is so special because it flips between Obiefuna's story... READ MORE
Catrina Walters
A poignant coming-of-age story
Spanning a decade in Nigeria beginning in 2006, Chukwuebuka Ibeh’s’s debut is a poignant coming-of-age story in which a boy struggles to keep his sexuality... READ MORE
Susan Osborne
NO SPOILERS The publisher’s description tells you all you need to know about the plot, story, themes and veracity of Blessings. What it doesn’t tell you... READ MORE
Rebecca Masterman
Original and captivating
This is a remarkable book, relating the experience of Obefiuna, a boy growing up in Nigeria. It delivers a fantastic sense of place and reminds readers in... READ MORE
A very promising debut
There are some really poignant and fascinating questions asked in Ibeh's debut, highlighting not simply the constant struggles of the LGBTQ+ community in a... READ MORE
Kit Nevile