The Chameleon Girl

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The Chameleon Girl, by Jane Labous, will be published in Nigeria in 2022 by Farafina Books, the literary imprint of Kachifo Books, an independent publishing house based in Lagos. 

Farafina offers the best in contemporary African writing, and has published over 30 titles from Africa’s most celebrated literary authors such as Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Chris Abani, Ben Okri and Ngugi wa Thiong’o. 

The Chameleon Girl is the story of a British-Senegalese university lecturer, Soumaya Dramé, who returns to her father's homeland - only to discover a shattering family secret.

 

The book's cover art has been designed by Nigerian artist, Viktor Ehikhamenor.

Jane has also written a thriller entitled, She Shines Like A Diamond. When disgraced journalist Hope Fontaine discovers that her film star mother, Gloria, was a spy recruited to ensnare a ruthless Lusenkan dictator, past and present collide with dangerous consequences. 

 

Jane's other book, Past Participle, is an upmarket book-club novel of 84,000 words. Inspired by the British case of Harry Dunn and Anne Sacoolas, the novel examines the moral complexities of such an incident transplanted to a West African context. A modern reworking of The Constant Gardener, putting women at the forefront of the action, this multi-layered story asks, what price is a life?

Jane is currently seeking an agent.