Just a little over two weeks after Nnedi Okoroafor’s new book was officially released, it’s already gaining rave reviews from both industry bigwigs and enthusiastic fans. Broken Places & Outer Spaces: Finding Creativity in the Unexpected, is Nnedi’s first book of nonfiction and her 15th book overall in 14 years, since her first full-length release in 2005 (prolific!).
Publishers Weekly describes the book as filled “with affecting, rich descriptions,” and “will inspire any reader,” while Marzie of Marzie Reads says that Broken Places & Outer Spaces is, “a fascinating and poignant account of a life-defining, if terrifying, experience.”
Vannessa Halls is one of the many fans who have rated Broken Places and Outer Spaces 5 starts on Goodreads; she says, “A quick and inspiring read. Okorafor’s lush literary style is on full display, and every page packed a punch. It’s not every day you get such a brutally honest and intimate offering from one of your favorite authors, and not every author can produce nonfiction this lovely. I feel very privileged to have gotten to read this arc. It only cemented my certainty that Nnedi Okorafor is one of my favorite human beings on this planet.”
Lee Mandelo of Tor.com: “Overall, Broken Places & Outer Spaces contains a quietly effective power in its insistence on flexible strengths and the drive to create, on the mind and the body and the self as inextricably intertwined.”
Ginny Lewis of BookTrib: “The best part about this book is that it is entirely raw and emotional. Nnedi does not hold back from expressing exactly how she felt in the most difficult moments. She talks about her anger, hurt, and confusion. You can feel her emotions radiate right out of the page. This story of pure perseverance is something that everyone should read. I felt as if I could do anything if I set my mind to it when I finally put the book down.”
Nnedi Okoroafor is the recipient of many awards, including World Fantasy Award, the Nebula Award, the Hugo Award, the Wole Soyinka Prize for Literature, the Black Excellence Award for Outstanding Achievement in Literature, and the Brittle Paper Literary Person of the Year. Recently she was announced to be scripting Viola Davis’ new showWild Seed.
As far as we can tell, Broken Places & Outer Space is yet to be on Nigerian bookshelves, and we’re patiently waiting. But if you can’t wait, you can buy it for $11.72 (approx. ₦4,200) on Amazon (excluding delivery fees).
Nnedi Okoroafor has been through a lot and is having one hell of a career, and we are here for it!
Listen to an excerpt of Broken Places & Outer Spaces (audiobook) read by Nnedi herself here.