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Losing My Religion

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(Synopsis Excerpt)

"Femi Fatoyinbo was born into a polygamous family in a small village in Nigeria. As a young boy, he experienced the enigma of the religion and culture of the Yoruba tribe set against the political upheaval that led to the Nigerian civil war. Early in life, he developed a strong African identity. Losing My Religion is his story of the culture in which he was raised (polygamy, childbirth and rearing, death and burial, leisure time and politics) and his quest to maintain his strong African identity within American society – in particular, the South. Along the way, Losing My Religion features a central conflict that builds into a dramatic life-or-death altercation for Femi – as well as new love.

"Later, Femi moves to Memphis for a medical research and academic position. He struggles and clashes with the politics of academia, social expectations, and the still racist culture of the South...

"What happens next is hair-raising – a conspiracy to kill Femi and to destroy the growing love between him and Megan, the surgeon with whom he began a relationship. The plot builds to a dramatic and surprising conclusion, one that tests Femi’s core beliefs, and his allegiances to his career and adopted country.

"Losing My Religion is based on the author’s personal experiences of growing up in Nigeria steeped in the native traditions, and then immigrating to the United States as a professor in a predominantly white institution. Femi’s voice is textured by vivid and rich Yoruba traditions, which gives us a rare and profound insight into the beautiful, community-based ways of an African people that have held their traditions for hundreds of years."