Season of Crimson Blossoms
An illicit affair between 55-year-old widow Binta Zubairu and 25-year-old weed dealer and political thug Hassan ‘Reza’ was bound to provoke condemnation in conservative Northern Nigeria. Brought together in startling circumstances, Binta and Reza discover a need that only each can satisfy in the other. Binta, a grandmother of five, yearns for intimacy after sexual repression of her marriage, the pain of losing her first son and the privations of widowhood. Meanwhile, Reza seeks to lessen the pain of estrangement from his mother, and the increasingly remote link to his father, by seeking solace in an unconventional emotional and physical relationship.
This story is of love and longing – set against the undercurrents of political violence –unfurls gently, reveals layers of emotion that defy age, class and religion.
Author: Abubakar Adam Ibrahim