The Private Joys of Nnenna Maloney – Okechukwu Nzelu
CONTENT WARNING: This novel contains portrayals of racism, homophobia, child abuse (physical), attempted suicide, sex and nudity.
Joanie has never revealed to Nnenna who her father is. As Nnenna approaches seventeen, she is growing impatient and increasingly inquisitive; about her heritage, race and more, but Joanie is still hesitant and obtuse. Why? Alongside this central mystery, Nnenna and Joanie must navigate the issues of their daily lives in Manchester, including the move of an old acquaintance of Joanie’s, Jonathan, to the city.