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The Sexy Part of the Bible (Akashic Urban Surreal)by Kola Boof
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Number 7 on HEY, SMALL PRESS's Best Of 2011 list (heysmallpress.org)!
"From the malignant forces of racism and sexism to corruption and cloning, Boof catwalks her way through a shrewdly satirical, erotic, and suspenseful novel of defiance."
"Boof spins surrealism, sci-fi, racial politics, feminism, religious debate, postcolonial theory, and more into a thought-provoking, suspenseful novel that manages to keep intriguing characters afloat in a roiling sea of crazy rhetoric."
"The most jubilant celebration of black African beauty so far seen in the English language."
--Madison Smartt Bell, Boston Globe
Following in the footsteps of her idols Alice Walker and Toni Morrison, Kola Boof asserts her own literary prowess with a chilling sociopolitical love story.
Set in modern West Africa, Europe, and the United States, and featuring the kind of heroine readers rarely get to encounter in popular culture—beautiful charcoal-skinned Eternity, a spirited and diabolical young African hellcat whose life is stigmatized by a heart-stopping secret—The Sexy Part of the Bible is an erotically astute novel filled with mystery and adventure.
Enveloped in the arms of a domineering Fela Kutitype rap star and revolutionary named Sea Horse Twee, Eternity finds herself miraculously surviving several African rebellions—and in the interim, she powerfully unmasks the science of cloning, which becomes a powerful metaphor in the story.
Kola Boof is the author of several novels and poetry collections, including Flesh and the Devil and Nile River Woman. Her writing has appeared in Harper's and the story collection Politically Inspired. Her autobiography, Diary of a Lost Girl, was published in 2006. She has been interviewed by MSNBC, FOX News, and CNN and has been featured in TV Guide, Time, New York Post, and The New York Times. She lives in southern California.
"Boof (Diary of a Lost Girl) spins surrealism, sci-fi, racial politics, feminism, religious debate, postcolonial theory, and more into a thought-provoking, suspenseful novel that manages to keep intriguing characters afloat in a roiling sea of crazy rhetoric. In the fictional nation of West Cassavaland, teenage Eternity watches an older European scientist die from drinking poison. This 'tall Ron-Howard-as-Richie-Cunningham-from-Happy-Days' white man is her 'true love,' the man who took her virginity, her 'Father.' It turns out that he and Eternity's 'mother' cloned her from the DNA of Orisha, an activist who was murdered by their community for urging young people to stop bleaching their skin. Initially blamed for her scientist 'father's' death, Eternity flees to the West, where she becomes a supermodel and deals with memories of Orisha's life growing ever more vivid. Returning to West Cassavaland, she gets involved with King Sea Horse Twee, a rapper so popular that he runs for president. Eternity's mantra of incest-as-love is extremely troublesome, as are the depictions of skin bleaching, polygamy, domestic violence, and cloning that Boof (born in Sudan) laces throughout. Although sections feel rushed, there's a lot to ponder. (July)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
A fiery, inventive, and beautifully crafted novel in the literary tradition of Alice Walker and Toni Morrison.
About the Author
Kola Boof: Kola Boof is the author of several novels and poetry collections, including Flesh and the Devil and Nile River Woman. Her writing has appeared in Harper's and the story colleciton Politically Inspired. Her autobiography Diary of a Lost Girl was published in 2006. She has been interviewed by MSNBC, FOX News, and CNN; and has been featured in TV Guide, Time Magazine, the New York Post, and the New York Times. She lives in Southern California.
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