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A Kind of Madness by Uche Okonkwo

A Kind of Madness

by Uche Okonkwo
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A suspenseful and clever collection of stories that touches on the isolation, absurdities, and dilemmas of contemporary social life.

The word "madness," like many others that can be used to stigmatize mental illness — e.g., "crazy," "insane," may be falling out of fashion even as its vaguely dramatic tone preserves a romantic, timeless connotation. But while Uche Okonkwo's debut story collection A Kind of Madness touches on mental health in the scientific and medical sense, it also expands and subverts the meaning of "madness," often reflecting it away from individual people and onto the chaotic, cruel, nonsensical features of the atmosphere around them.

The stories range across contemporary Nigerian life, depicting numerous human versus society dilemmas, with protagonists believing, frequently to both humorous and tragic effect, that they can control their circumstances through sheer force of will. In "Nwunye Belgium," a mother attempts to marry off her daughter to a Belgian doctor for financial security, ...

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