Peace Adzo Medie

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Published: 2023

Longlisted for the 2024 Women's Prize for Fiction

Selasi and Akorfa are cousins, born on the same day in 1985. Growing up in a small Ghanaian town, they share everything: whispered late-night conversations, dreams for the future, secrets. But as they enter their teens, Selasi begins to change, constructing a wall around herself to keep everyone away. Soon, Akorfa no longer recognises her sad, withdrawn friend.

It will take many years for their paths to cross again. Akorfa now works in international development as she navigates the challenges of life as a Black woman and mother in the US; Selasi has finally made it as a successful restaurateur running the hottest spot in Accra. When one of Selasi’s staff is threatened by a corrupt government minister, she and Akorfa must overcome their differences and face the truth of what happened all those years ago, to stop the past from repeating itself.

Nightbloom takes a keen-eyed look at family, class and discrimination in Ghana and the US, in this irresistible story of female friendship, the relationships that shape us and the people we never quite leave behind.

Moves like a love story between childhood, female friendship and buried truth; painful, intimate and beautifully written with characters who you care for. A jewel of a book.

Laura Dockrill


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