Farad, named for the unit of an electrical charge, is a novel that cuts laser-like through a multi-layered society. Touching biographies of ordinary citizens – young academics and ageing psychiatrists, Christian editors and call girls, strange women and music artistes – told in stylish, interrupted narratives, are woven into a detailed mosaic of modern Nigeria.
Reminiscent of Plutarch’s Parallel Lives, Farad eases to a climax when key characters from individual stories become participants in a conflict at a University Chapel – a conflict in which the nature of power and the strength of love are tested.
Farad is an assemblage of fresh narratives woven around simple questions and open-ended complexities. It is, ultimately, a story of love and essence.
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