Meet Yinka: a thirty-something, Oxford-educated, British Nigerian woman with a well-paid job and good friends. Her life is perfect. Except her mother whose constant refrain is “Yinka, where is your huzband?”
Yinka’s Nigerian aunties frequently pray for her delivery from singledom. Her work friends think she’s too traditional because she wants to remain celibate until marriage. Her girlfriends think she needs to get over her ex, but the men in her life…well, that’s a whole other story. As a result, Yinka herself has always believed that true love will find her when the time is right. However, with the announced engagement of her cousin, Yinka decides it is time to set her thoughts aside and find a date quickly, for Rachel’s wedding. Luckily for Yinka, she has help from her best friend, and as a result Yinka becomes determined to find someone. Will Yinka find herself a huzband? And what if the thing she really needs to find is herself?
Yinka, Where is Your Huzband? brilliantly subverts the traditional romantic comedy with an unconventional heroine who bravely asks the questions we all have about love. Wry, acerbic, moving, this is a love story that makes you smile but also makes you think–and explores what it means to find your way between two cultures, both of which are yours.
Blackburn brings to light a stereotypical woman who is shamed in society. The relatable heroine normalises these attributes by simultaneously inserting perfectly timed comedic elements. Yinka, Where is your Huzband? is perfect for anyone feeling a little lost or ‘far behind’ in life and hones in on the idea that the worst thing you can do is compare yourself to other people and their life situations.
London, Greater London
Published 31/03/2022 by Penguin Books Ltd (Viking) in the United Kingdom
Hardback | 400 pages
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