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  • Wahala

  • A Novel
  • By: Nikki May
  • Narrated by: Natalie Simpson
  • Length: 10 hrs and 19 mins
  • 4.3 out of 5 stars (652 ratings)

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By: Nikki May
Narrated by: Natalie Simpson
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Publisher's summary

"Contemporary female friendship goes glam in this lively debut novel with remarkable depth." -- Washington Post

"Great fun and extremely smart." -- npr.org

NAMED A MOST ANTICIPATED BOOK OF 2022 BY Vogue * Marie Claire * Glamour * Essence * Oprah Daily * Entertainment Weekly * Bustle * PopSugar * CrimeReads * and more!

An incisive and exhilarating debut novel following three Anglo-Nigerian best friends and the lethally glamorous fourth woman who infiltrates their group—the most unforgettable girls since Carrie, Miranda, Charlotte, and Samantha.

Ronke wants happily ever after and 2.2. kids. She’s dating Kayode and wants him to be “the one” (perfect, like her dead father). Her friends think he’s just another in a long line of dodgy Nigerian boyfriends.

Boo has everything Ronke wants—a kind husband, gorgeous child. But she’s frustrated, unfulfilled, plagued by guilt, and desperate to remember who she used to be.

Simi is the golden one with the perfect lifestyle. No one knows she’s crippled by impostor syndrome and tempted to pack it all in each time her boss mentions her “urban vibe.” Her husband thinks they’re trying for a baby. She’s not.

When the high-flying, charismatic Isobel explodes into the group, it seems at first she’s bringing out the best in each woman. (She gets Simi an interview in Shanghai! Goes jogging with Boo!) But the more Isobel intervenes, the more chaos she sows, and Ronke, Simi, and Boo’s close friendship begins to crack.

A sharp, modern take on friendship, ambition, culture, and betrayal, Wahala (trouble) is an unforgettable novel from a brilliant new voice.

©2022 Nikki May (P)2022 HarperCollins Publishers

Editor's Pick

I’m looking for wahala in 2022
Wahala is the Nigerian word for “trouble,” and Nikki May’s debut is exactly the kind of trouble I want to be getting into this year. Inspired by a lunch with friends, May’s Wahala follows Ronke, Boo, and Simi—three Anglo-Nigerian best friends who are navigating the personal and professional chaos of their mid-30s. Their decades-long bond, however, starts cracking when a new woman—Isobel—infiltrates the group. This debut is drawing comparisons to Sex and the City, but I’m getting major Big Little Lies vibes, which has me beyond excited to get lost in London with these women. Natalie Simpson is a new narrator for me, and as the chapters alternate between Ronke, Boo, and Simi, I’m eager to hear the nuances she brings to each character. —Katie O., Audible Editor

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