Funny side of a serial killer

My Sister, The Serial Killer is the debut novel of Oyinkan Braithwaite (above).
My Sister, The Serial Killer is the debut novel of Oyinkan Braithwaite (above).PHOTO: AMAAL SAID

The black widow spider inspired Nigerian novelist Oyinkan Braithwaite's dark comedy about a murderer and her sister

When Oyinkan Braithwaite decided to write a novel about a serial killer, she did not expect it to turn out funny.

"I didn't want it to be a depressing sort of story," says the Nigerian novelist over the telephone from Lagos, where she lives. "I wanted to keep it light. In trying to achieve that, it seems to have become funny."

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on January 08, 2019, with the headline 'Funny side of a serial killer'. Print Edition | Subscribe