A Novel
by Peace Adzo Medie

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Longlisted for the Women's Prize for Fiction

Inseparable when they were girls but now estranged, cousins Akorfa and Selasi have to repair the silences between them or lose each other forever in this moving novel set in Ghana and America from the author of Reese’s Book Club pick His Only...
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Published By Algonquin Books

Format Hardback

Number Of Pages 352

Publication Date 06/13/2023

ISBN 9781643752846

Dimensions 6.4 inches x 9.25 inches

Named a Most Anticipated Book of Spring/Summer 2023 by ELLEEssenceThe RootSheReads, African Arguments, Ms. Magazine, Dandelion Chandelier, The Messenger, & The Floor Magazine

“Peace Adzo Medie is the doyenne of the emotional plot twist. Just when you're sure you've figured it out, she reminds you there are two sides to every story. A book to read and then find someone to discuss it with.”
— Chibundu Onuzo, author of Sankofa

"Peace Adzo Medie returns with a formidable exploration of friendship and the intricacies of the relationships that shape us. Told by two bright voices, Nightbloom is a journey that spans years and explores a different truths along a parallel journey. Touching, bold and thought-provoking, this story is one everyone should read.”
— Onyi Nwabineli, author of Someday, Maybe

"Medie's remarkable skills are on display here. She explores weighty themes with a deftness of touch, and there is a vitality to her writing that makes us believe she's a credible witness to the lives her characters live."
— Chika Unigwe, author of On Black Sisters Street

“Nightbloom is a book about secrets; not just the ones passed between sister-cousins giggling in the dark, but the kinds our families require us to keep, the ones that reshape the landscape of who we become. In this stunning novel, Akorfa and Selasi share common wounds inflicted by the same adults who have vowed to care for them, but those wounds wield drastically different results in each woman. In these pages, Medie has achieved a symphonic feat, weaving a delicate narrative of multivocal familial history, where sameness and difference, sisterhood and division, salve and destruction walk hand in hand on a journey that feels both achingly familiar in its scope, yet fresh and utterly new in its telling.”
— Destiny O. Birdsong, author of Nobody’s Magic

“Evocative... [Medie] immerse[s] the reader in the details of these two otherwise ordinary lives... The shifts in perspective — from Akorfa’s to Selasi’s to a short final section narrated in the third person — add tension and dramatic irony.”

— New York Times Book Review

“Medie’s first novel, His Only Wife, was a knockout and her sophomore venture doesn’t disappoint. Focused on friendship, secrets, courage and truth, Nightbloom addresses complex issues with nuance, candor and tenderness.”

— Ms. Magazine

“[A] bold exploration of a friendship gone awry.”


“A captivating novel that delves into the complexities of female relationships and the societal challenges that seek to suppress women's voices.”

— The Messenger

“A powerful portrayal of class, family, and female bonds in Ghana and the US.”
— SheReads

“Thought-provoking and beautifully told.”
— Booklist

“Medie focuses on the complex relationship between two Ghanaian women in this poignant outing… [and] keenly explores the nuances of the women’s friendship and their misplaced blame. This is worth a look.”
— Publishers Weekly

"A blistering story, written with razor sharp precision and characters who feel so real, it's like they're watching you all the while you're reading. I loved the themes of family, miscommunication and how there are two sides, if not maybe more, to every story."
— Huma Qureshi, author of Things We Do Not Tell the People We Love

"Masterfully explores the complicated relationship between two childhood friends. I love the way it combines geographic range with deep intimacy. I highly recommend it."
— Ayesha Harruna Attah, author of The Hundred Wells of Salaga

"Everyday heartbreaks and mercies are laid bare in Peace Adzo Medie’s poignant, candid, and heartfelt Nightbloom."
— Sefi Atta, author of The Bad Immigrant

“A hilarious and heartbreaking dual narrative from the perspectives of two cousins who have differing memories of their upbringing.”

— Richland Library