The Scotiabank Giller Prize was announced last night. After everything was said and done, only one book could be selected. That book was 419 by Will Ferguson.
I myself have not read the book yet, but I have seen the fantastic, intriguing cover everywhere. The closer it got to the announcement, the more it kept popping up. It is definetely going on my to-read list. However, it might be a while since I actually pick it up since my to-read list is really long right now. I need to catch up first. 🙂
Here’s a synopsis courtesy of Goodreads:
A startlingly original tale of heartbreak and suspense
A car tumbles down a snowy ravine. Accident or suicide?
On the other side of the world, a young woman walks out of a sandstorm in sub-Saharan Africa. In the labyrinth of the Niger Delta, a young boy learns to survive by navigating through the gas flares and oil spills of a ruined landscape. In the seething heat of Lagos City, a criminal cartel scours the internet looking for victims.
Lives intersect, worlds collide, a family falls apart. And it all begins with a single email: “Dear Sir, I am the son of an exiled Nigerian diplomat, and I need your help …”
419 takes readers behind the scene of the world’s most insidious internet scam. When Laura’s father gets caught up in one such swindle and pays with his life, she is forced to leave the comfort of North America to make a journey deep into the dangerous back streets and alleyways of the Lagos underworld to confront her father’s killer. What she finds there will change her life forever…
Congratulations Will Ferguson on being the winner of the Scotiabank Giller Prize!