Blood is thicker than water in this blackly comic, Lagos-set family satire in which sisterly jealousy plays out in relation to the dynamics of modern Nigeria.
Oyinkan Braithwaite is a graduate of Creative Writing and Law from Kingston University. Following her degree, she worked as an assistant editor at Kachifo and has been freelancing as a writer and editor since. She has had short stories published in anthologies and has also self published work. In 2014, she was shortlisted as a top ten spoken word artist in the Eko Poetry Slam.
Women's Prize-shortlisted black comedy... There's a love story too. * The Times * ...fast-paced, Women's prize-shortlisted debut. * The Guardian * A short, sharp and slyly funny take on familial obligation. * Sunday Express * Sure-footed and funny * Phil Baker, Sunday Times * Wickedly funny * Radio Times * Wry and witty, this book is a guaranteed page turner * Evening Standard (2019 round-up of the best summer reading) * Clever novel about two sisters, one of whom is a serial killer, the other the resentful, yearning enabler. The satirical bent works really well here... Interesting observations about social media, men and what they want, and women who see right through them. Well worth a read. -- Roxane Gay * Goodreads * Leaves you torn between laughing, crying, and immediately going out and resisting the patriarchy * Vogue * My Sister, the Serial Killer is the blackest of black comedies, narrated by the longsuffering Korede in brief, matter-of-fact flashes... Oyinkan Braithwaite, a fiendishly talented young Nigerian writer, tells her ghastly story with superb wit and assurance. * The Times * Braithwaite's deft first novel offers intriguing glimpses of middleclass Lagos life. * Mail on Sunday * This is an assured debut and that dark humour will stay with you long after you've put down the book * Scotsman * Fresh new voices in the crime fiction genre are very welcome, and there are none more fresh than Oyinkan Braitwaite. This visceral debut ... is a darkly funny romp that manages to combine the page-turning quality of the best thrillers with a serious look at familial and sibling conflict. It's also something of a riot ... enormously entertaining * Big Issue * A short, sharp and sinister sister act, told with plenty of mordant humour * Irish Independent * Utterly addictive and a pure joy to read * Stylist * A comically clever and exciting debut * The Skinny * Inventive, darkly comic * Daily Mail * Deftly written... pointy and sleek * The i * Braithwaite's writing pulses with the fast, slick heartbeat of a YA thriller, cut through by a dry noir wit. That aridity is startling, a trait we might expect from someone older, more jaded-a Cusk, an Offill. But Braithwaite finds in young womanhood a reason to be bitter. At the center of these women's lives is a knot of pain, and when it springs apart, it bloodies the world. * New Republic * Dark, scathing, insidious, and wickedly funny... At once uproarious, shocking, and packed with emotional poignancy. * Crimereads * In her buzzy debut, Braithwaite tests the bond of sisterhood in a dark yet funny examination of violence, loyalty and family. * Time * Braithwaite's blazing debut is as sharp as a knife...bitingly funny and brilliantly executed, with not a single word out of place. * Publishers Weekly, (starred review) * This slim, scathingly black comedy delves into two sisters' tenuous dynamic - heightened since one of them is, erm, a serial killer. Such morbidity only sharpens the book's comic edge, which emerges via Braithwaite's deadpan prose. * Entertainment Weekly * Even your most extravagant speculations about what's really going on with these wildly contrasting yet oddly simpatico siblings will be trumped in this skillful, sardonic debut. * Kirkus Review * Who is more dangerous? A femme fatale murderess or the quiet, plain woman who cleans up her messes? I never knew what was going to happen, but found myself pulling for both sisters, as I relished the creepiness and humor of this modern noir. * Helen Ellis, author of American Housewife * Braithwaite's blazing debut is as sharp as a knife...bitingly funny and brilliantly executed, with not a single word out of place * Publishers Weekly, (starred review) * Bursting with chutzpah and laced with deadpan wit, My Sister The Serial Killer breezes in, knocks you sideways and waves goodbye with a killer smile. And like all deadly entertainments, it whets the appetite for more * Liz Jensen, author of 'The Ninth Life of Louis Drax' * Sly, risky, and filled with surprises, Oyinkan Braithwaite holds nothing back in this wry and refreshingly inventive novel about violence, sister rivalries and simply staying alive. * Idra Novey, author of 'Ways to Disappear' * A gem: small, hard, sharp, and polished to perfection * Edgar Cantero, New York Times-bestselling author of 'Meddling Kids' * Oyinkan Braithwaite is rewriting the slasher novel, and man, does it look good... A terrific and clever novel about sisterhood * Refinery29 * Inventive and darkly comic * Daily Mail * You can't help flying through the pages * Buzzfeed, Book of the Year 2018 * A deliciously kitschy thriller... Murderously good fun * Tatler, Best Books of 2019 * Hilarious, disturbing, and so much fun to read. * Elle, Books to watch in 2019 * This book is amazing, and every woman should read it in public. While cackling. * Lit Hub, Book of the Year 2018 * A bombshell of a book - sharp, explosive, hilarious * New York Times Book Review * In its darkly comic depiction of two women teaming up against the powerful, abusive men in their lives, My Sister the Serial Killer feels like an ideal book for the present moment. * Washington Post * This riveting, brutally hilarious, ultra-dark novel is an explosive debut by Oyinkan Braithwaite... A delicious tale. * Nylon * Disturbing, sly and delicious * Ayobami Adebayo, author of 'Stay with Me' * Delightfully naughty... The wittiest and most fun murder party you've ever been invited to. * Samantha Irby, Marie Claire * Pulpy, peppery and sinister... This scorpion-tailed little thriller leaves a response, and a sting, you will remember. * New York Times * I'm loving My Sister, the Serial Killer... Lethally elegant -- Luke Jennings, author of Killing Eve: Codename Villanelle Utterly addictive and a pure joy to read * Stylist * A sensational debut * Observer, Debut's of 2019 * Feverishly hot * Paula Hawkins, author of 'The Girl on the Train' *
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