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Yinka, Where Is Your Huzband?

By: Lizzie Damilola Blackburn
Narrated by: Ronke Adékoluejo
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Publisher's Summary

NAMED A MOST ANTICIPATED BOOK OF 2022 BY MARIE CLAIRE, PARADE, ESSENCE, MS. MAGAZINE, POPSUGAR, BUSTLE, BOOKRIOT, DEBUTIFUL AND MORE!

“Feel good, funny, and clever, it’s got smash-hit written all over it!”–Josie Silver, New York Times bestselling author of One Day in December

“Yinka is a lovable and relatable disaster—which is to say, she isn’t actually a disaster at all...I adore her.”—Emily Henry, #1 New York Times bestselling author of People We Meet on Vacation

Meet Yinka: a thirty-something, Oxford-educated, British Nigerian woman with a well-paid job, good friends, and a mother whose constant refrain is “Yinka, where is your huzband?”

Yinka’s Nigerian aunties frequently pray for her delivery from singledom, her work friends think she’s too traditional (she’s saving herself for marriage!), her girlfriends think she needs to get over her ex already, and the men in her life…well, that’s a whole other story.  But Yinka herself has always believed that true love will find her when the time is right.

Still, when her cousin gets engaged, Yinka commences Operation Find-A-Date for Rachel's Wedding. Aided by a spreadsheet and her best friend, Yinka is determined to succeed. Will Yinka find herself a huzband? And what if the thing she really needs to find is herself?

Yinka, Where is Your Huzband? is a fresh, uplifting story of an unconventional heroine who bravely asks the questions we all have about love. Wry, moving, irresistible, this is a love story that makes you smile but also makes you think—and explores what it means to find your way between two cultures, both of which are yours. 

©2022 Lizzie Damilola Blackburn (P)2022 Penguin Audio

Critic Reviews

“A cautionary tale of the pernicious effects of sexism, racism and colorism upon women of the African diaspora….In the end, what matters most in Yinka is not your marital status but self-love, love of family and a broader sense of connection. And maybe you’ll find something better than a happily-ever-after fairy tale.”—Mabinty Quarshie, USA Today’s “Rom-Com Roundup: Top January Reading List”

“Fresh, heartfelt, and funny, Yinka is a can't miss debut that feels like a new classic.”Buzzfeed

“The novel depicts the challenge of navigating two cultures, both of which Yinka is a part of and apart from. In her commitment to being her whole self and true to her faith and ideals, Yinka writes a prayer for herself, a rallying cry to which we can all shout, 'Amen!'”NPR

Editor's Pick

The wedding date
My Caribbean heritage shares a lot of similarities with Nigerian culture, so I deeply empathized with Yinka’s plight in this lovable debut from Lizzie Damilola Blackburn. As her sister and cousins are getting married and having babies all around her, Yinka is left to answer the question Where is your huzband? at every turn by her overbearing but well-meaning family. When her cousin Rachel gets engaged, Yinka comes up with a plan to have a date to the wedding in six months. The hilarious, endearing, and utterly relatable high jinks that ensue had me cheering her on every step of the way. I won’t spoil the ending as to whether she ends up with a date for the wedding, but seeing Yinka find herself on this journey was all the happy ending I needed. This novel was a joy to listen to. —Margaret H., Audible Editor

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Awesome story, not necessarily funny

Maybe I didn't look into the reviews hard enough before I purchased this book, but I thought I was getting an upbeat rom-com full of silly antics and meet-cutes. Not so. This book reads much more like a drama, with the MC (Yinka) hitting actual rock-bottom (and not in a cute & quirky way) before clawing her way back up. That being said, it is an AMAZING story with insights into colorism, texturism, and misogyny still held by the dominant culture and black communities in the UK. Yinka has to deal with her own trauma surrounding these topics on top of her unprocessed grief over a past relationship and the death of a close family member (and grief over how that death has shaped her familial relationships). We see her spiraling as her every insecurity is triggered and she starts making irrational, fear-based decisions which damage her relationships to her support systems. These heavy revelations are punctuated with bright moments of levity, like when her well-meaning aunt accidentally humiliates her by publicly praying for Yinka to "find a huzband". However, even these moments of levity are tinged with the undercurrent of her own insecurity and traumas. This book felt very real to me, with how one's mental state permeates every interaction and colors every relationship. I think it is very well-done and is a worthy read, and is a wonderful insight into the diaspora Nigerian experience. I think a lot of elements of (UK-born) Yinka's relationship with her immigrant mother will feel incredibly familiar to other children of immigrants. 10/10 can't recommend enough!

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You nailed it! Hilarious...

A book read according to its nature. I found my newest favorite narrator. She read it with none of English.. or American or British or European accent. 100 point for that.

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Like listening to a Nollywood movie

I thoroughly enjoyed the reading of this book. The narrator's ability to capture each character's personality with her voice was awesome. The story was good and I'm glad they introduced going to therapy because so many Black people avoid it.

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good book

kept me entertained. left me wanting to know what would happen next at every turn

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Gripping from start to finish!

Absolutely loved! Wish there was more! I saw so much of my own story in hers!

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Relatable and funny

Although Yinka annoyed my soul as she goes through the journey of finding herself, this story is absolutely relatable and I enjoyed every second of it! The narrator did an amazing job

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Resonated with the intersection of Naija culture and living abroad

YES!!! Thank you for writing this book. It took me back home to my aunts in Nigeria and family abroad. As a woman straddling Naija heritage, race, faith and culture in the US this book really resonated with me.
Also the narrator was incredible! How did she manage to get all accents spot on? Well done!

For sensitive readers like myself, there is a small part with a bit of intimacy between a couple . It does not go end up going far or lasting long.

I’d recommend this book!

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Oh Yinka

I was happy to ride on the wave of emotions that this book gave. Well done!

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Couldn't stop Listening

Loved it. I was pulled right into Yinka's world and for the hours felt one with her, listening and feeling all the emotions. So relatable!

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So relatable

I loved every second of every moment of this book. Felt like I was gisting with my friends