Foreign Gods, Inc., by Okey Ndibe, tells the story of Ike, a New York-based Nigerian cab driver who sets out to steal the statueof an ancient war deity from his home village and sell it to a New York gallery.
Chosen as one of the Best Books of 2014, NPR; and one of the top 15 Best Works of Fiction by Black Authors, 2014, The Root.
“Razor-sharp… Mr. Ndibe invests his story with enough dark comedy to make Ngene an odoriferous presence in his own right, and certainly not the kind of polite exotic rarity that art collectors are used to… In Mr. Ndibe’s agile hands, he’s both a source of satire and an embodiment of pure terror.”
—JANET MASLIN, NEW YORK TIMES
“We clearly have a fresh talent at work here. It is quite a while since I sensed creative promise on this level.”
—WOLE SOYINKA, WINNER OF THE NOBEL PRIZE IN LITERATURE
“Neither fable nor melodrama, nor what’s crudely niched as “world literature,” the novel traces the story of a painstakingly-crafted protagonist and his community caught up in the inescapable allure of success defined in Western terms. ”
—PUBLISHERS WEEKLY, STARRED REVIEW
“This is a heist story like no other…. Ndibe unfurls his rich narrative gradually, allowing room for plenty of character interaction while painting a revealing portrait of contemporary Nigeria. With piercing psychological insight and biting commentary on the challenges faced by immigrants, the novel is as full-blooded and fierce as the war deity who drives the story. ”
—BOOKLIST ON FOREIGN GODS, INC.