Here Again Now just hooked me from the very beginning. I loved the precision and lyricism of the sentences. The way Nzelu attends to the fragility, desire, vulnerability and strength of men is striking. The way in which these characters and their complex histories are gradually laid bare for the reader is an act of compassion. There's such a great respect and dignity at play in this writing: Nzelu understands these are grave matters: the significance of what it means to form a family and to fail one, to surrender to love and to reject it, to negotiate - badly - the hinterlands of friendship and desire is never elided or underplayed. But for all this, there's a lightness of touch too. We're never allowed to forget that the painful blunderings of inexpertly loving can lead us, almost in spite of ourselves, to the place we are supposed to be.