Dialogue has bought a debut from Nigerian-born author Buki Papillon about a boy’s secret intersex identity and his desire to live as a girl.

Sharmaine Lovegrove, publisher at Dialogue Books, has acquired world rights in debut novel An Ordinary Wonder from Juliet Mushens at Caskie Mushens. Dialogue will publish the title as a lead hardback in April 2020. The book follows Oto, one of Yoruba twins, who is raised as a boy but who has a secret – he is intersex, and desires to live life as a girl.

“This beautiful coming-of-age story follows Oto through boarding school and his attempt to emigrate to America to start a new life,” Caskie Mushens said.

Papillon was born in Nigeria, the oldest of six, and currently lives in Boston, Massachusetts. After studying law at university, she completed an MFA in Creative Writing at Lesley University in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and is an alumnus of the Vona Voices Workshops for writers of color.

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