"Demands not just to be read, but felt."
"Utterly heartbreaking ... raw, emotionally intelligent and unflinchingly honest ... a triumph."
Honors for Under the Udala Trees
**Finalist for the 2017 International DUBLIN Literary Award**
A Granta Best of Young American Novelist
A 2018 CAFE 100 Fellow (of Extraordinary Change-makers Who Are Taking Action to Address Some of the Most Pressing Problems in America and Around the World).
A 2018 Fred R. Brown Literary Award Winner
A 2017 Carnegie Corporation of New York Great Immigrant
A 2017 Amelia Bloomer Project Selection (of the American Library Association)
Winner of the 2016 Inaugural Betty Berzon Emerging Writer Award from The Publishing Triangle
Winner of the 2016 Lambda Literary Award for General Lesbian Fiction
Winner of the 2016 Jessie Redmon Fauset Book Award in Fiction
2016 NAACP Image Awards Finalist, "Outstanding Literary Work—Fiction"
2016 Publishing Triangle Award Finalist (Ferro-Grumley Literary Award)
2016 VCU Cabell First Novelist Award Semi-finalist
2016 Chautauqua Prize Semi-finalist
2016 Zora Neale Hurston/Richard Wright Legacy Award in Fiction Nominee
2015 Kirkus Prize in Fiction Nominee
2015 Center for Fiction First Novel Prize Semi-finalist
A New York Times Book Review Editors' Choice
One of NPR's "Best Books of 2015"
A Shelf Awareness "Best Book of 2015"
A Publishers Lunch's "Favorite Book of 2015, From the News Editor"
One of the Los Angeles Times 56 Fabulous Works of Fiction and Poetry for the Holidays
One of Buzzfeed's "The 24 Best Fiction Books of 2015"
One of the Millions Most Anticipated Reads for 2015
One of Bustle's "2015’s 25 Best Books, Fiction Edition"
One of Bustle's "13 Books From 2015 That Every Woman Should Read"
One of Autostraddle's Top 10 Queer and Feminist Books of 2015
One of The Root's 15 Powerful Works of Fiction
One of thegloss.com's 10 Breakout Female Debut Novelists
BUST Magazine's Top 10 Books of 2015
One of hellogiggles.com's 15 New Books You Absolutely Need to Read
One of the Wall Street Journal's "15 Books to Read This Fall"
One of Buzzfeed's "19 New Books You Need to Read This Fall"
One of Bustle's "Best Books of September 2015"
One of Out Magazine's 10 Books We're Excited for This Fall
One of Cosmopolitan Magazine's 24 Books to Read This Fall
One of the Sun Herald's "Ten noteworthy fiction and nonfiction titles on the way"
One of Gawker's "9 Must-Reads" for Fall
One of Buzzfeed UK's "27 Brilliant Books You Must Read This Winter"
Afridiaspora's Best African Novels of 2015
YNaija's Ten Most Notable Books of 2015
Pulse Nigeria's 10 Outstanding Nigerian Books for 2015
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