Yejide Kilanko was born in Ibadan, Nigeria, and lives in Ontario, Canada, where she practices as a social worker. Kilanko’s debut novel, DAUGHTERS WHO WALK THIS PATH, is a Canadian national bestseller. The novel was longlisted for the 2016 Nigeria Literature Prize. Kilanko’s work includes a novella, CHASING BUTTERFLIES (2015), and two children’s picture books, THERE IS AN ELEPHANT IN MY WARDROBE (2019) and JUBA AND THE FIREBALL (2020). You can find Kilanko’s short fiction on Brittle Paper, Joyland, NEW ORLEANS REVIEW Issue 43, 2017: The African Literary Hustle, and Agbowó. Her latest novel, A GOOD NAME, is out now. When she’s not busy with life, you’ll find Kilanko online playing simultaneous games of Scrabble.
Twelve years in America and Eziafa Okereke has nothing to show for it. Desperate to re-write his story, Eziafa returns to Nigeria to find a woman he can mold to his taste. Eighteen-year-old Zina has big dreams. An arranged marriage to a much older man isn’t one of them. Trapped by family expectations, Zina marries Eziafa, moves to Houston, and trains as a nurse. Buffeted by a series of disillusions, the couple stagger through a turbulent marriage until Zina decides to change the rules of engagement.