dreaming of ways to understand you
By Jerry Chiemeke

About this book

“Dreaming of Ways To Understand You” is a collection of fifteen short stories that explore the complexities of human relationships. From the nightclubs in Lagos to the slums of Warri, from university campuses in Calabar to forests in Asaba, these stories take us on a journey through the lives of characters who attempt to navigate the intricacies of living in contemporary Nigeria: a Tinder hookup takes a really awkward turn, a working class young man becomes an involuntary third wheel in an abusive relationship, a judge’s daughter gets too emotionally attached to a member of a kidnapping ring, a secondary school reunion brings back memories of sexual assault, a lawyer struggles to keep up with the mental health complexities of his love interest, a queer woman battles with decade-long commitment issues, a long cross-country trip brings ethnic stereotypes to the fore, and a young man is forced to reminisce on a childhood crush while reliving moments from a difficult past. Viewing modern Nigeria from the perspective of individuals navigating relevant social issues while making sense of their own lives, “Dreaming of Ways To Understand You” is a collection that employs introspection and multiple narrative techniques to address themes like mental health, sexuality, body positivity, ethnic sentiment and domestic violence, with significant immersion in pop culture. Noticed an error in this book? Send a mail to to report it

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