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Vagabonds! (2022)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Eloghosa Osunde is a published Nigerian author and multidisciplinary artist.

She has taken part in many artistic pursuits, including attending New York Film Academy in 2017, the Caine Prize Workshop in 2018, and the Lambda Literary Works in 2019.

Her writing has been featured in many different publications that include Georgia Review, The Paris Review, Granta, Guernica, Gulf Coast, Lithub, Catapult, and Berlin Quarterly. She has also had her visual art featured in Vogue as well as Paper Magazine and The New York Times.

She is a Lambda 2019 Literary Fellow as well as a 2020 MacDowell Colony Fellow. Osunde also was the winner of the 2021 Plimpton Prize for fiction and was lucky enough to receive a Miles Morland Scholarship.

In 2021, she served as a prose judge for the annual writing contest held by Fugue Journal. She has also been featured by places such as Them, Elle, Shondaland, and Creative Review. She also gave a profile to Coveteur for the Class of 2021 issue.

Eloghosa Osunde also creates book covers for various writers. She also makes art prints for various fashion collections and builds immersive mixed-media exhibitions in addition to writing monologues for theater festivals. Much of her work focuses on honoring the medium as a huge part of creating art. Her visual art is somewhere between painting, photography. and fiction.

The artist is proud that her work tests reality’s limits by putting protagonists in alternate realms that are often intangible and have time and setting blending in to one big blur. She has also created art prints for the SS20 collection by Orange Culture, which were shown off during the course of fashion weeks in New York and Lagos.

She has been proud to see her visual art be featured on four different continents. Her work has been picked for the New York Portfolio Review in addition to the 2017 EmergiCubes by Photoville and at Lagos, Nigeria’s National Museum. She is also a director, writer, and producer of TATAFO, a film featuring art, fashion and music that has loosely been based on her own debut novel. You can view a trailer for the video by going to the author’s homepage. The short trailer features different individuals dancing, smoking, and is loosely based on Vagabonds!.

She has been awarded various prizes for her work as well. These include a 2017 Miles Morland Scholarship, which Osunde used to help write her debut novel. She also won a 2021 Plimpton Prize for fiction for “Good Boy”, a short story penned by the author. The story had the honor of being picked for the Best American Short Stories 2021 by Jesmyn Ward.

When she is not writing, the author loves to be on the dance floor, moving and dancing as morning gets closer. She is represented by Wylie Agency. Vagabonds is her first novel and was published by Riverhead Books in the United States, Fourth Estate in the United Kingdom, and Farafina Books.

It debuted to positive reviews and was named a New York Times Critics Choice. The novel has been up for many prizes, making the longlist for the Center for Fiction’s First Novel Prize. It has also received positive reviews with three stars from Booklist, Kirkus, and Publisher’s Weekly, as well as positive write ups from publications such as The New Yorker, Guardian, Los Angeles Times, Wall Street Journal, Autostraddle, Star Tribune, and more.

The novel was also picked as one of the most anticipated novels of the year by a variety of publications including the New York Times, LA Times, Teen Vogue, Entertainment Weekly, i-D/Vice, Goodreads, British Vogue, Harpers Bazaar, Lithub, An Other Magazine, Ms Magazine, The Millions, Open Country, and Brittle Paper.

She is also casting director for the audio book. which was to be directed by Frances Loy ad the Grammy nominee Ali Muirden. She is the recipient of the 2022 ASME award for fiction and is working on creating more fiction for readers to enjoy.

Vagabonds! is the first novel from Eloghosa Osunde. It was first published in 2022. If you are looking for something new and interesting, check this book out and see why author Marlon James says that this book is not read but needs to be entered with a ‘swan dive’ and then take in the wonder. The book also came highly recommended by Nudibranch’s author Irenosen Okojie, who called the debut ‘compulsively engaging and striking’ in addition to ‘electrifying’.

Vagabonds! is the telling of the tale of the spirits and people of Lagos and how they find joy among the various levels of oppression that they face. Lagos is described as a city for everyone, and when you are there, you share the space of the city with the living and the dead, and everyone who is there has claim to the city just as much as you do.

Eko is a spirit of Lagos, and together with Tatafo, the two of them go through the streets of the city causing trouble to come through the lives of the random vagabonds that are in Nigeria.

Follow along with Tatafo serving as a guide to meet the many vagabonds that live in Lagos with them that are living in the shadows. These include a driver for a politician, two lesbians who are together who may or may not have experience with sex work done on the down low, and a mother who sees her reality change when she goes to a hush-hush spiritual gathering.

The lives of these individuals begin to merge and come together as they live their lives. The intertwining happens gradually, in hotels, churches, and secret clubs and markets. Meanwhile, they are all taken over by the spirits of the city. This challenging force is calling them together, but why?

Check out this tremendous and tumultuous novel for yourself! Get a copy of Vagabonds! and see why it is such an interesting read. Once you pick up a copy, you aren’t going to want to put it down. Check out Osunde’s debut novel and feel all of the Nigerian-based story come to life.

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