- Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain, p. 81
- The Heart of the Matter by Graham Greene p. 84.
- At Obinze's mother's house, p. 332
- At Obinze's friend Emenike's house.
- Cane by Jean Toomer p. 14, 231
- Sidney Sheldon novel p. 100.
- J.P. Clarke "Ibadan" poem p. 107
- Enid Blyton books p. 136
- The Fire Next Time by James Baldwin p. 166
- Light in August by Faulkner p. 169
- Esiaba Irobi book p. 219
- Yusef Komunyakaa
- Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe
- A Bend in the River, p. 233
- Bridesmaid by Waugh p. 332
- End of the Affair by Graham Green p. 332
- Ann Petry, Gayl Jones p. 387
- Kelechi Garuba, fictional author, p. 394