City of Memories is my debut novel, a love story set in northern Nigeria. It is about four characters negotiating the effect of various traumas. Towering above them is the story of Ummi al-Qassim, a princess of Bolewa, and the feud that attended her love—first for a nobleman, then for a poet—a feud that bequeaths her with madness and death. All four are bracketed by the modern city of Jos in Central Nigeria, where political supremacy and perverse parental love become motives for an ethno-religious eruption calculated to destroy the Nigerian State.
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“Mr. Ali turns his hands to fiction with a muscular story that wrestles with the Nigerian question through the agency of a love affair across fault lines.”