I Do Not Come to You by Chance

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Orion, May 14, 2009 - Fiction - 304 pages
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"This is a fast, fresh, often hilarious first novel, by one of the remarkably talented young African writers who are rapidly making everyone else look stale" The Times

Kingsley is fresh out of university, eager to find an engineering job so he can support his family and marry the girl of his dreams. Being the opara of the family, he is entitled to certain privileges - a piece of meat in his egusi soup, a party to celebrate his graduation. But times are hard in Nigeria and jobs are not easy to come by.

For much of his young life, Kingsley believed that education was everything, that through wisdom, all things were possible. But when a tragedy befalls his family, Kingsley learns the hardest lesson of all: education may be the language of success in his country, but it is money that does the talking. In desperation he turns to his uncle, Boniface-aka Cash Daddy-an exuberant character who suffers from elephantiasis of the pocket.

He is also rumoured to run a successful empire of email scams. But he can help. With Cash Daddy's intervention, Kingsley and his family can be as safe as a tortoise under its shell. It is up to Kingsley now, to reconcile his passion for knowledge with his hunger for money, to fully assume his role of first son. But can he do it without being drawn into this outlandish milieu?

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User Review  - kaitanya64 - LibraryThing

In the tradition of Achebe's "No Longer At Ease," Nwaubani traces the path of Kingsley, a young university graduate in Nigeria whose parents have taught him the virtues of hard work and getting an education, but who is gradually drawn into the strange world of email fraud. A great read. Read full review

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User Review  - turtlesleap - LibraryThing

This novel provides a look inside a culture that fostered the e-mail scams and takes a hard look at the human choices we make between right and wrong, where they lead us and how difficult it can be to ... Read full review

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About the author (2009)

Adaobi Tricia Nwaubani grew up in the eastern part of Nigeria, among the Igbo speaking people-the major culprits of 419 scams . She lives in Nigeria. I DO NOT COME TO YOU BY CHANCE is her first novel. It won a Betty Trask Award, the Commonwealth Writers' Prize for Best First Book (Africa), and was a finalist for the 2010 Wole Soyinka Prize for Literature in Africa.

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