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Perfect Little Angels

Perfect Little Angels

By Vincent Anioke
Categories: Fiction, BIPOC, Black Literature, LGBTQ+, Gay Literature
Paperback : 9781551529431, 272 pages, 2024
Expected to ship: 2024-04-09
Expected to ship: 2024-04-09


A beautifully imagined story collection set largely in Nigeria that explores themes of masculinity and repressed desires through the lens of (un)conditional love

In this stunning debut story collection set largely in Nigeria, questions abound: What happens when we fall short of society's - and our own - expectations? When our personal desires conflict with the duties we are bound with? The characters in Perfect Little Angels confront these dilemmas and more in these brilliantly imagined tales.

In a boarding school, tensions brew between students and vengeful staff. An addict seeks a fresh start in pottery class. A man returns home from university abroad with confessions that unravel his mother's world. Amid winter storms, a ghost delights her grief-stricken partner. And atop a hill surrounded by rot and garbage, two lovers dare to embark on a secret, dangerous romance. Human desires - for connection, salvation, and understanding - imbue these deeply Nigerian stories with universal resonance.

In Vincent Anioke's tenderly written stories, characters seek love in different permutations from teachers, parents, dead partners, and even God. Perfect Little Angels is a nuanced exploration of masculinity, religion, marginalization, suppressed queerness, and self-expression through the lens of (un)conditional love.


Vincent Anioke has created such a compelling, memorable cast of characters in Perfect Little Angels, where the lines between victim and perpetrator are blurred and where surviving the stranglehold of a pietistic society is not always a given. Anioke is a masterful storyteller. -Christopher Allen, publisher of SmokeLong Quarterly