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Someday, Maybe

Onyi Nwabineli


‘An astonishing debut, rich in both heartbreak and humour’ Jendella Benson, author of Hope & Glory

Stunningly honest and bursting with wit, Someday Maybe is the story of grief and resilience that you won’t be able to stop talking about

Here are three things you should know about my husband:

1. He was the great love of my life despite his penchant for going incommunicado

2. He was, as far as I and everyone else could tell, perfectly happy.

3. On New Year’s Eve, he killed himself


And here is one thing you should know about me:

1.    I found him.

Bonus fact: No. I am not okay


Eve is left heartbroken by her husband’s unexpected death, but everyone around her – her friends, her boisterous British-Nigerian family, her toxic mother-in-law – seems to be pushing her to move on. Unable to face the future, Eve begins looking back, delving through the history of her marriage in an attempt to understand where it went wrong. So begins an unconventional love story about loss, resilience, and a heroine bursting with rage and unexpected joy. 

  • Publication date: July 6, 2023
  • ISBN: 9780861546473
  • RRP: £9.99
  • Pages: 352
  • Publication date: October 6, 2022
  • ISBN: 9780861543519
  • RRP: £16.99
  • Pages: 352
  • Publication date: October 6, 2022
  • ISBN: 9780861543526
  • RRP: £8.99
  • Pages: 320


'Incisive and witty, this deeply moving debut about the many faces of grief took me on an oscillating journey of emotions. I couldn't put it down. Each richly developed character leaps off the page with vivid dimension through Onyi's razor-sharp voice. Fresh and original contemporary fiction from the diaspora I've long yearned for.'

Lọlá Ákínmádé Åkerström, internationally bestselling author of In Every Mirror She's Black

'Someday, Maybe is an honest and profoundly stirring portrait of loss. Onyi Nwabineli peels back the veneer of sympathy and expectation to reveal the effects a young widow's grief can have on her family, on her circle of friends, and even on the strangers she encounters. Eve's emotional paralysis is heartbreaking to witness but at its heart, Someday, Maybe is a beautifully written love letter to the resiliency of the human spirit. A stunning debut.'

Xio Axelrod, author of The Girl With Stars in her Eyes
'This tender novel about grief triumphs in its reflections on how we are buoyed by the families we are born into, and the ones we make along the way.'
Ayobami Adebayo

'A touching debut... Eve's family are lovingly written: they gossip, chide her in Igbo and prescribe a bitter leaf soup to heal her broken heart. They also contribute to the surprising perkiness of this novel, in which sensitive observations about the nature of grief are set against humour. Even when Eve is in the depths of despair, deluding herself with hopes that Quentin might come home, she is witty. I was reeled in by her chatty voice and stayed for the tender, touching depiction of grief and family.'

The Sunday Times

'Most touching is the way Eve grows to emotional maturity as the story goes on, swapping rage for grace and hurt for healing.'


'It's hard to believe that this outstanding novel is a debut. Poignant and heartfelt… A beautifully drawn story that shows us how to help those who are grieving.'

Prima, Book of the Month, October 2022

'Nwabineli's exceptional debut is a heartfelt and moving portrayal of grief and recovery in all its messiness... This is an excellent choice for book clubs and for readers who enjoy thought-provoking, deeply emotional fiction.'

Booklist (starred review)

'Someday, Maybe is a powerful debut novel about young love, profound loss, and the possibility of hope. Onyi Nwabineli is an author to watch.'

Brenda Jackson, New York Times bestselling author of The House on Blueberry Lane

'A powerful tale of a London widow whose photographer husband died by suicide... The genuine displays of emotion and sharp narrative will keep readers turning the pages.'

Publishers Weekly

'A perceptive, painstaking interrogation of loss and depression... Nwabineli's first novel is a clear-eyed, compassionate take on grief.'

Shelf Awareness

'A satisfying read and testament to our human ability to heal.'

San Francisco Chronicle

'If you are someone who gravitates toward emotional gut punch reads, allow me to introduce you to this spectacular debut.'


Onyi Nwabineli

Onyi Nwabineli is a Nigerian-British writer and headwrap aficionado. Born in Benin, Nigeria, she grew up in Glasgow, the Isle of Man and Newcastle, and now lives in London. Onyi is the co-founder of Surviving Out Loud, a fund that provides fiscal support for survivors of sexual assault, and the founder of Black Pens, a writing retreat for Black women. Someday, Maybe is her debut novel. More information can be found on her website:

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