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Okey Ndibe's 'Arrows of Rain' splits its powerful message
Okey Ndibe's 'Arrows of Rain' splits its powerful message

It's been quite a journey for Okey Ndibe's first novel, "Arrows of Rain." Originally published in England in 2000, the book is finally coming out here in the wake of last year's "Foreign Gods, Inc.," which essentially introduced the author to an American readership. And yet Ndibe — who came to the United States from his native Nigeria in 1988 at the urging of Chinua Achebe — is also a founder of the journal African Commentary; he was a Fulbright scholar and now teaches at Brown. So why did his debut remain under the radar for so long? The answer might be found in "Arrows of Rain" itself, for this is a strange and at times...

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