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EXCERPT | The Madhouse by TJ Benson

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 “Lilith,” 2020. (© Yagazie Emezi, Courtesy Barrett Barrera Projects)
“Lilith,” 2020. (© Yagazie Emezi, Courtesy Barrett Barrera Projects)

The house at the end of Freetown Street in Nigeria’s Sabon Gari was once a sanatorium for colonists deranged from the heat and insanity of the place. Now it is home to a family whose unorthodox lives unfold into legend: Sweet Mother, an artist, her husband Shariff, a writer and soldier, and their children André and Max.

In his exhilarating debut, TJ Benson conjures up a kaleidoscope of Nigeria. Published by Penguin Random House, this is the extraordinary tale of five people bound by blood, each searching for a way through.

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