Here Again Now by Okechukwu Nzelu
A novel about masculinity, love and grief.
Achike Okoro is an up-and-coming actor, soon to star in a career-making film His friend Ekene is lost, moving from one unfulfilling relationship to another, estranged from his family and recently made redundant from his job as a drama teacher.
Both young, both Nigerian-British and gay, Ackike and Ekene have always been more than just friends and now it feels like they are on the cusp of finally admitting this to each other. But beneath the facade of success, Achike is confused by affection and how to receive it. Things are complicated by having his father, Chibuike who has alcohol issues, come to live with him.
Following a devastating event, it is Ekene and Chibuike who will come together to try and make sense of the complexity of these relationships.
A heartbreaking and immensely uplifting novel about lovers, fathers and sons. If you love The Vanishing Half or Moonlight then you’ll adore this this incredibly moving book that shows the power of family – both the one into which we are born and those we choose for ourselves.
‘Okechukwu Nzelu is truly coming into his power as a novelist. It’s a beautiful and memorable book. Watch him soar.’ Niven Govinden
‘A powerful and heartbreaking novel; Okechukwu Nzelu is a vital voice.’ Andrew McMillan
‘Nzelu confirms his place as one of the most exciting and versatile writers of his generation.’ Angela Chadwick
‘A transgenerational story of grief as tender, potent and nimble as love.’ Kit Fan
‘A compelling, enchanting novel of love, grief, and healing. Written in sumptuous prose, and with formal flair, it is heartbreaking, redeeming, and utterly mesmerising.’ Seán Hewitt
Imprint: Dialogue Books
Publication Date: 10/3/22