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Fidelis O. Mkparu


"The hounding voice inside me would not let go."

Thus begins the emotional journey of Afamefuna Onochie Nwaku—a Harvard-trained medical doctor with a career most can only dream of, a loving wife, and supportive family. Then, he receives a telephone call from his sister who lives in Nigeria that her life is being threatened.

Left with no other fair choice, Afam leaves behind his family, throwing his marriage into turmoil and risking the life he has built in Boston. Instead of the Nigeria that he loves, that he needs, he finds a land and people he barely recognizes waiting for him. Afam decides to stay but realizes that his future in Nigeria is as murky as the River-Niger after a torrential tropical rainfall.

As Afam sets out on a journey to reconnect with the family and heritage that he left behind, he must face new enemies in an increasingly corrupt Nigeria where many people see him as an American intruder. And through it all, he must fight to keep his family together—and alive.



Fidelis O. Mkparu is a Nigerian immigrant to the US who wishes to speak to his experiences and those of his fellow immigrants. He is a professor of Medicine at Northeast Ohio Medical University and a senior attending cardiologist at Aultman Hospital and Mercy Medical Center in Canton, Ohio. Previously, he was a Spaulding fellow at Massachusetts General Hospital at Harvard Medical School. His preceding novels include Love’s Affliction and Tears Before Exaltation (CIPA EVVY Awards Winner, Literary & Contemporary Fiction 2018).


“Mkparu has created a masterpiece of immigrant experience and connection, outlining many of the forces that influence and stress modern Africans and Americans alike.” — D. Donovan, Midwest Book Review

“I knew it was going to be an excellent novel from the very first page.” — Sal, Bound 4 Escape

“You absolutely cannot miss out on this breathtaking read!” — Linda, Goodreads

“This is an impactful and memorable read that any book lover would enjoy.” — Bee, Book Pleasures

“This is a wonderful read that will make you feel as though you've been transported to Nigeria” — Laura, Celtic Lady Reviews

“Mkparu’s writing leaps off the page, his characters grab you with both hands” — Suzie, My Tangled Skein Book Reviews

“What a beautiful book ...” Nora, Storeybook Reviews

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