Book Review: Piece & Pieces By Paul Ugbede

Earlier this year, I read and reviewed a book by the author titled “Our Son The Minister” (Check out my review by clicking on ‘Book Reviews’ on the home page) and I really enjoyed reading it so my expectations for this one were high and I wasn’t disappointed.

Piece & Pieces is a collection of 8 short stories with diverse themes. From the first story “To Kill A Witch”, where a mother is accused of witchcraft as her daughter dies mysteriously and to the last, “Ayiki Allah” about the infamous Boko Haram Terrorists told by a young recruit, the author takes us on a journey with some shocking tales and others quite entertaining.

My favorite story will be “Obete Ogbege And His Nine Inches” as it made me laugh out loud almost through out the entire story. I also loved “The Incident” and “The Art Of Dying” as I was particularly touched by these stories. My least favorite was “Side By Side” because I didn’t connect with the story at all but on a general note this collection of stories was a well written, concise and a good read.

I highly recommend this book.

Rating: 3.8 Stars

Published: January 7th, 2019 by Paperworth books

Pages: 166

Genre: Short Stories

The Author: Paul Ugbede has a BA in Mass Communication from the University of Jos, Nigeria and is currently the Director, International Centre for Playwriting Development in Africa (ICPDA). He is the author of several published and performed plays to include Dropping Palms, Raping the Land, Trading Places, Two Characters Undefined and Dialing Love. His articles and short stories have appeared on Waza online, Muwado and Jalada online and his play ‘Fire in the Night and other stories’ was included in the 2014 Writivism Anthology edited by Sumayya Lee. Paul Ugbede is the winner of the inaugural Beeta Playwright Competition in 2016. He lives in Lagos.

 

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