Cassava Republic Press has announced the release of Toni Kan’s first novel, The Carnivorous City. The novel is summarized on the Press’ website in these words:
“Rabato Sabato aka Soni Dike is a Lagos big boy; a criminal turned grandee, with a beautiful wife, a sea-side mansion and a questionable fortune. Then one day he disappears and his car is found in a ditch, music blaring from the speakers.
Soni’s older brother, Abel Dike, a teacher, arrives in Lagos to look for his missing brother. Abel is rapidly sucked into the unforgiving Lagos maelstrom where he has to navigate encounters with a motley cast of common criminals, deal with policemen all intent on getting a piece of the pie, and contend with his growing attraction to his brother’s wife.”
The Carnivorous City is already available on electronic platforms but the house announced the release of the hard copy via its Twitter handle today, Monday, 3rd October 2016.
Some excited readers and writers who have gone through the book did not hide their appreciation of Toni’s debut novel, a long awaited one.
Cassava Republic Press says the book is
“a story about love, family and just desserts but it is above all a tale about Lagos and the people who make the city by the lagoon what it is.”
Author of The Spider King’s Daughter, Chibundu Onuzo tweeted excitedly about getting an autographed copy.
Writer and essayist, Helon Habila wrote that
“The Carnivorous City takes the reader on a Dickensian tour of the city of Lagos, bringing the city to life like no other book I have read.”
Carnivorous City is a novel about Lagos and no other person could have done a better job.
Toni Kan, who grew up in Lagos, is a poet, essayist, short story writer and media mogul. He is also the author of the acclaimed book of short stories “Nights of a Creaking Bed”.
His other works are When a Dream Lingers Too Long – poetry, and the novella Ballad of Rage, his works have appeared in Salthill, Drum Voices, Revue, Farafina, Sentinel Poetry Quarterly and ANA Review.