“Then, voice strong and lifted, she said a long lyrical, heartfelt prayer for me, in Khana not English – because Nigerian mothers don’t apologise in conventional ways.”

Genre: Fiction, Short Stories

Pages: 255

Published: 2020

Rate: 5 stars

Goodreads Synopsis

A Broken People’s Playlist is a collection of short stories with underlying themes so beautifully woven that each story flows into the other seamlessly. From its poignant beginning in “Lost Stars” a story about love and it’s fleeting, transient nature to the gritty, raw musical prose encapsulated in “In The City”, a tale of survival set in the alleyways of the waterside. A Broken People’s Playlist is a mosaic of stories about living, loving and hurting through very familiar sounds, in very familiar ways and finding healing in the most unlikely places.
The stories are also part-homage and part-love letter to Port Harcourt (the city which most of them are set in). The prose is distinctive as it is concise and unapologetically Nigerian. And because the collection is infused with the magic of evocative storytelling, everyone is promised a story, a character, to move or haunt them.

My Take

I have been an avid reader for almost 7 years and in all that time I had yet to read a short story collection that I loved every single story of, until I read A Broken People’s Playlist by Chimeka Garricks.

Here you have 12 short stories that are brilliant in every which way. I found some profound, others moving, while others made me laugh out loud, others had me so angry and sad. I devoured these stories in one sitting. I genuinely couldn’t put this book down.

Chimeka Garricks is a masterful and skillful writer. With a word, a sentence, he managed to unravel his characters in the most raw way possible. I couldn’t get enough of his writing.

“Some say you only know true love when you’ve loved the unlovely, the imperfect.”

The premise of A Broken People’s Playlist is one that is so interesting and unique. Each story’s title is a song which inspires/influences the story you read. I loved it so much and my reading experience was enhanced when I listened to the song.

If you have been here a while you know I rate and rank short stories by the level of enjoyment I had. With A Broken People’s Playlist, every story is a 5 star read to me. There’s no ranking this time because I can’t decide which story I loved more, my answer changes every single time.

There are some stories which are connected and some are standalones but each does it’s desired job, which is to suck you in, take you through a rollercoaster of emotions and then leaves you wanting more. READ IT!

A Broken People’s Playlist is a collection of short stories that are emotive and evocative and honestly, if you haven’t read it yet please do. Rectify that immediately. It’s one of my favorites of this year.

Have you read A Broken People’s Playlist? What did you think about it?