The Fishermen is a 2015 novel by Chigozie Obioma, an American Nigerian writer who is currently working at the University of Michigan. The fictional book is set in his native hometown, Akure, Nigeria during the 1990's.
The Fishermen chronicles the lives and childhood of four brothers in a small Nigerian town in the late 20th century. When their strict and overbearing father leaves town temporarily for a business opportunity, the brothers take the chance to live dangerously, skipping school and engaging in fun recreational activities instead. However, their amusing and harmless activities come to a visceral halt when they meet a madman on the edge of a river who tells one of the brothers the unimaginable: that he is destined to be killed by one of his siblings.
Chigozie Obioma is a gifted writer who has won multiple Hopwood Awards for his fiction and poetry. The Fishermen showcases his enormous talent for storytelling, revealing a story that is packed with culture and symbolism.