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Summary

Vagabonds! is a tumultuous and unexpectedly joyous novel of oppression and defiance among the people and spirits of Lagos.

Lagos is a city for all...you share this place with flesh and not-flesh, and it’s just as much their city as it is yours.

Èkó, the spirit of Lagos, and his loyal minion Tatafo weave trouble through the streets of Lagos and through the lives of the ‘vagabonds’ powering modern Nigeria: the queer, the displaced and the footloose.

With Tatafo as our guide we meet these people in the shadows. Among them are a driver for a debauched politician, a lesbian couple whose tender relationship sheds unexpected light on their experience with underground sex work, a mother who attends a secret spiritual gathering that shifts her reality. As their lives begin to intertwine - in markets and underground clubs, in churches and hotel rooms - the vagabonds are seized and challenged by the spirits who command the city. A force is drawing them all together, but for what purpose?

In her debut novel, Vagabonds!, Eloghosa Osunde tackles the insidious nature of Nigerian capitalism, corruption and oppression, and offers a defiant, joyous and inventive tribute to all those for whom life itself is a form of resistance.

©2022 Eloghosa Osunde (P)2022 Penguin Random House LLC

Critic reviews

"A dazzling, hypnotic portrait of lives lived on the margins." (T Kira Madden, author of Long Live the Tribe of Fatherless Girls)

"Spectacular." (Akwaeke Emezi, author of Freshwater)

"This novel astounded me." (Dantiel W. Moniz, author of Milk Blood Heat)

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Very enjoyable!

It started slow but it got good, very good! Super enjoyable. I found myself listening to it as I walked on the road, on the bus, at the park under a tree, at home. everywhere. It made me break out in many smiles and laughs. Beautifully written and narrated.