The Woman Next Door, Yewande Omotoso’s follow-up to her award-winning novel Bom Boy, has been called “radiant” by Publisher’s Weekly and “a female take on Grumpy Old Men” by O Magazine. Omotoso, born in Barbados, raised in Nigeria, and now living in South Africa, has written a layered story about feuding neighbors, two successful women–one black, one white–and how these sworn enemies eventually discover common ground as widows in a post-apartheid Cape Town suburb.
In this episode, Roxanne calls Omotoso’s American debut novel “one hell of a read,” and talks with the author about writing about race, the spirit of her characters, and things that inspired the novel.
Books by Yewande Omotoso:
The Woman Next Door by Yewande Omotoso
Bom Boy by Yewande Omotoso
Books in this episode:
The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy