Honors for Under the Udala Trees

"Demands not just to be read, but felt."
-Edwidge Danticat
"Utterly heartbreaking ... raw, emotionally intelligent and unflinchingly honest ...  a triumph."
-Taiye Selasi



**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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