Tomorrow I'll Be Twenty
An irresistible and heart-warming child's-eye view novel set in Africa
Finalist for the Man Booker International Prize 2015Michel is ten years old, living in Pointe Noire, Congo, in the 1970s. His mother sells peanuts at the market, his father works at the Victory Palace Hotel, and brings home books left behind by the white guests. Planes cross the sky overhead, and Michel and his friend Lounès dream about the countries where they'll land.While news comes over the radio of the American hostage crisis in Tehran, the death of the Shah, the scandal of the Boukassa diamonds, Michel struggles with the demands of his twelve year old girlfriend Caroline, who threatens to leave him for a bully in the football team. But most worrying forMichel, the witch doctor has told his mother that he has hidden the key to her womb, and must return it before she can have another child. Somehow he must find it.TomorrowI'll Be Twentyis a humorous and poignant account of an African childhood, drawn from Alain Mabanckou's life.
About the Author
Alain Mabanckou was born in 1966 in the Congo. He currently lives in LA, where he teaches literature at UCLA. He is the author of six volumes of poetry and six novels. He is the winner of the Grand Prix de la Littérature 2012, and has received the Subsaharan African Literature Prize and the Prix Renaudot. He was selected by the French journal Lire as one of the fifty writers to watch out for this coming century. His previous books includeAfrican Psycho(9781846686412),Broken Glass(9781846688157),Memoirs of a Porcupine(9781846687686) andBlack Bazaar(9781846687778). In 2015 he was listed as a finalist for the Man Booker International Prize.
'Incomparable', Financial Times
'Mabanckou's irreverent wit and madcap energy have made him a big name in France', Giles Foden, author of the Last King of Scotland
'A novelist of exuberant originality ... refreshing logic pervades this delightful comic novel in which the boy narrator's ingenuousness is teamed with a sly authorial wit ... Its seductive charm and intelligence recentre the world so that all readers can indeed become Congolese', Maya Jaggi, Guardian
'Perhaps his best yet ... Michel's voice is compelling ... he is, in fact, incomparable', David Evans, Financial Times
'Clear-eyed warmth and charm ... will cleanse the palate and refresh the spirit', Boyd Tonkin, Independent