I recently read two novels that I wanted to share with you in case you’re looking for some new books to add to your reading list. These titles are by Black women (one is Canadian) and both have the word ‘honey’ in the title. So let’s check out these sweet reads together, shall we!
#1. Butter Honey Pig Bread by Francesca Ekwuyasi
Butter Honey Pig Bread tells the stories of mother, Kambirinachi and her twin daughters, Kehinde and Taiye who have left Nigeria to study and live, one in England and the other in Montreal, and returned to look after their mother and deal with some unresolved family issues.
The mother believes she’s not of the human world- that because she survived as a child (her mother had a number of miscarriages before her) that the spirits have been set to torment her and punish her because she choose to live, to get married and to have her babies. This torment is a lifelong struggle for her and worsens when her husband dies in a tragic accident. A consequence she believes for choosing to stay in this world and not return to the other.
Kehinde and her twin become estranged after when Kehinde experiences a traumatic event. Taiye is guilt-ridden about not being there to help her sister and struggles with reckless behaviour and failed relationships.
They move to different counties and live separate lives, not speaking to each for years, except for letters Taiye writes but doesn’t send to Kehinde.
After more than 10 years living apart, the family reunites and tries to find their back to each other.
#2. Honey Girl by Morgan Rogers
Honey Girl by Morgan Rogers is about 28-year old high-achiever Grace Porter who recently got her PhD in astronomy and to celebrate goes to Vegas and gets drunk married to a woman who’s name she doesn’t know and who’s face she barely remembers.
Grace’s dad is ex-military and he has high expectations for his only child. But, after spending 11 years pursuing her doctorate, Grace finds herself questioning her future and filled with doubt. This stress is too much for Grace and she heads to New York to finally meet and get to know her secret wife, Yuki Yamamoto.
Eventually, Grace will have to stop running away from her fears and deal with her strained relationship with her dad, absentee mother, friends and new wife. Who said adulting would be easy?
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