Days Come and Go

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Pub Date 06 Sep 2022 | Archive Date 06 Sep 2022

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For readers of Yaa Gyasi and Imbolo Mbue, this English-language debut of a major African writer dazzles as it devastates, offering an intimate look at multiple generations of Cameroonians as they attempt to make sense of an inherited past and the complexities of belonging.

Chronicling the beauty and turmoil of a rapidly changing Cameroon, Days Come and Go is the remarkable story of three generations of women both within and beyond its borders. Through the voices of Anna, a matriarch living out her final days in Paris; Abi, Anna’s thoroughly European daughter (at least in her mother’s eyes); and Tina, a teenager who comes under the sway of a militant terrorist faction, Boum’s epic is generous and all-seeing. Brilliantly considering the many issues that dominate her characters’ lives—love and politics, tradition and modernity—Days Come and Go, in Nchanji Njamnsi’s vivid translation, is a page-turner by way of Frantz Fanon and V. S. Naipaul. As passions rise, fall, and rise again, Boum's stirring English-language debut offers a discerning portrait of a nation that never once diminishes the power of everyday human connection.

For readers of Yaa Gyasi and Imbolo Mbue, this English-language debut of a major African writer dazzles as it devastates, offering an intimate look at multiple generations of Cameroonians as they...


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Advance Praise

WINNER OF THE 2020 AHMADOU KOUROUMA PRIZE

“There’s something of Tolstoy’s War and Peace in this epic novel.…Anna and her family are archetypes of the tragedy of human existence, which may be the true subject of the talented novelist Hemley Boum’s work.” —Radio France Internationale

“Through a gallery of portraits of mothers and children struggling to survive in a patriarchal society in decline, in Days Come and Go, Hemley Boum mixes both intimate and expansive stories.” —Le Monde

WINNER OF THE 2020 AHMADOU KOUROUMA PRIZE

“There’s something of Tolstoy’s War and Peace in this epic novel.…Anna and her family are archetypes of the tragedy of human existence, which may be the true...


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