This House Is Not for Sale

This House Is Not for Sale

Book - 2015
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The award-winning author of Voice of America paints a vivid, fully imagined portrait of an extraordinary African family and the house that holds them together. A powerful tale of family and community, This House Is Not for Sale brings to life an African neighborhood and one remarkable house, seen through the eyes of a young member of the household. The house lies in a town seemingly lost in time, full of colorful, larger-than-life characters; at the narratives heart are Grandpa, the family patriarch whose occasional cruelty is balanced by his willingness to open his doors to those in need, and the house itself, which becomes a character in its own right and takes on the scale of legend. From the decades-long rivalry between owners of two competing convenience stores to the man who convinces his neighbors to give up their earthly possessions to prepare for the end of the world, Osondus story captures a place beyond the reach of the outside world, full of superstitions and myths that sustain its people. Osondus prose has the lightness and magic of fable, but his themes, poverty, disease, the arrival of civilization, in an isolated community are timeless and profound. At once full of joyful energy and quiet heartbreak, This House Is Not for Sale is an utterly original novel from a master storyteller.
Publisher: New York, NY : Harper, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2015]
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780061990885
Branch Call Number: FICTION OSONDU E
Characteristics: 182 pages ; 22 cm


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A young resident tells the mythlike story of a remarkable house in an African neighborhood untouched by time.

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Oct 15, 2015

If you have ancestors who grew up in the rural South and were fortunate enough to hear their stories as a child, the tenor of this book might remind you alot of those stories. It sure did for me. Fantastic read, and a little bit off the 'modern' grid while still giving off the vibe of being written in the year 2015 (which it was)

Feb 27, 2015

This book explores one African neighborhood via the owner and inhabitants of one house. The novel begins with the house's origin story and ends with its demise. In between the two events, the reader meets various characters and learns a lot about African beliefs and attitudes. An interesting read.


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