The second novel in a series about two travelers recounting lessons they’ve learned in their interdimensional travels.
Brisibe-Dorgu (A Love So Pure, 2018, etc.) presents the story of Layefa and Ziboere, have returned to Earth from a realm called Erereama. Although they feel as if they’ve only been away a short time, it turns out that they were gone for 30 years. When they venture to Ziboere’s home in Nigeria, they’re met with outrage. How can Ziboere appear to be younger than her own daughter after so many years? Many locals suspect that something sinister is at play. But after this initial fear subsides, Ziboere reiterates her mission on Earth: “to help humanity become more conscious of their purpose while on this plain of existence.” Despite this seemingly straightforward mission, however, the pages that follow don’t unfold like a traditional, plot-driven novel. Instead, readers learn the life stories of Layefa and Ziboere, including how, when they first met, they “easily recalled incidents that took place over a span of hundreds of years.” There are also brief portraits of Nigeria and its people, not all of them flattering, and even a folk story about a woman who married a ghost. Portions of the novel are tense, as when Layefa attempts to defuse an armed dispute, but there are relatively few mysteries for readers to uncover. Still, the book is not without potent scenes. A brief episode involving the sudden appearance of a number of masked men, for example, is striking. There are also vivid individual details, such as the “bright glow of the gas ﬂare” from a crude oil station. The dialogue, on the other hand, isn’t always so memorable; characters often narrate exactly what they’re thinking, as when one says wholeheartedly, “I’m really looking forward to a continuation of Layefa’s narrative tomorrow.”
A fantasy that often meanders but still retains reader interest.