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Butter Honey Pig Bread


An intergenerational saga about three Nigerian women: a novel about food, family, and forgiveness.

Butter Honey Pig Bread is a story of choices and their consequences, of motherhood, of the malleable line between the spirit and the mind, of finding new homes and mending old ones, of voracious appetites, of queer love, of friendship, faith, and above all, family.

Francesca Ekwuyasi's debut novel tells the interwoven stories of twin sisters, Kehinde and Taiye, and their mother, Kambirinachi. Kambirinachi feels she was born an Ogbanje, a spirit that plagues families with misfortune by dying in childhood to cause its mother misery. She believes that she has made the unnatural choice of staying alive to love her human family and now lives in fear of the consequences of that decision.

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Format Paperback
Pages 368
Year Published 2020
Category Fiction
Themes Queer & Trans Identities

About the Author

 francesca ekwuyasi is a learner, storyteller, and multidisciplinary artist from Lagos, Nigeria. 

She was awarded the Writers’ Trust Dayne Ogilvie Prize for LGBTQ2S+ Emerging Writers in 2022 for her debut novel, Butter Honey Pig Bread (Arsenal Pulp Press, 2020). Butter Honey Pig Bread was also a finalist for a Lambda Literary Award, the Governor General’s Literary Award for Fiction, and the Amazon Canada First Novel Award and was longlisted for the Scotiabank Giller Prize and the Dublin Literary Award.

CBC’s Canada Reads, an annual “Battle of the Books,” selected Butter Honey Pig Bread as one of five contenders in 2021 for “the one book that all of Canada should read.” The novel made it to the grand finale, where it placed second.