Indies Introduce


  • And Then He Sang a Lullaby, Ani Kayode
    Roxane Gay Books, 9780802160751, June 6, 2023 (Fiction)

    “Heartbreaking yet hopeful, And Then He Sang a Lullaby is an incredibly powerful debut for fans of The Death of Vivek Oji. August and Segun are two young college students in Nigeria seeking intimacy and connection while fighting against internal and societal shame and homophobia.”

    —Christine Bollow, Loyalty Bookstores, Washington, DC

    “Timely and timeless, And Then He Sang a Lullaby is a debut novel to be read and celebrated by readers of all stripes. The characters felt fully realized and whole, drawing me in, and their journeys moved me in a way that will stay with me for a long, long time.”

    —Wesley Minter, Third Place Books, Lake Forest Park, WA

    “Both a coming-of-age story and a tender romance, And Then He Sang a Lullaby is heartbreaking and beautiful. Incredibly compelling & engaging, this debut novel wrapped its tough topics in warm prose that made it easy to read.”

    —Mallory Melton, BookPeople, Austin, TX


    And Then He Sang a Lullaby is a powerful debut that follows the story of Segun and August, two college students in Nigeria who yearn for love and connection. Readers will be deeply moved by this brave and beautiful tale of two men who can’t help their attraction despite the risks to themselves and each other.”

    —Beth Seufer Buss, Bookmarks, Winston-Salem, NC

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