Oyinkan Braithwaite: My Sister The
Serial Killer

"If I’m interested in any dichotomy it’s who we think we are versus who we are when our back is against the wall."

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How far would you go for family?  In My Sister The Serial Killer author Oyinkan Braithwaite writes about two sisters with an unusually deadly sibling dynamic.  The elder sister is meticulous, tidy, and controlling. Her little sister is the beautiful one; capricious, charming, and, as it happens, a serial killer.  My Sister the Serial Killer is a fast-paced thriller with pulpy and comic overtones and just the right amount of family dysfunction.

Oyinka Braithwaite

Oyinkan Braithwaite is a graduate of Kingston University in Creative Writing and Law. Following her degree, she worked as an assistant editor at Kachifo Limited, a Nigerian publishing house, and as a production manager at Ajapaworld, a children’s educational and entertainment company. She now works as a freelance writer and editor.

In 2014, she was shortlisted as a top-ten spoken-word artist in the Eko Poetry Slam, and in 2016 she was a finalist for the Commonwealth Short Story Prize. She lives in Lagos, Nigeria.

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Amanda Stern is Bookable’s host. Founder of the popular literary event series Happy Ending at Joe’s Pub in New York City, Stern is also a writer. Happy Ending ran for more than a decade and was selected as New York’s best book-related series by New York Magazine, The Village Voice and NY Press. The New York Times Magazine singled out Happy Ending as a force keeping “downtown New York alive.”


This episode was produced, mixed, and sound-designed by Andrew Dunn, with editorial help from Beau Friedlander.  Our host and co-producer is Amanda Stern.


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