African Author Publishes New Novel about her Homeland

January 24, 2013   Entertainment News
(PRLEAP.COM) "The Odds Are Against Cycling," a new book by Noelie Yaogo, has been released by Dorrance Publishing Co., Inc.

In a changing world full of poverty and uncertainty, many people struggle to find a constant in their lives; something that enables time to pass by that makes life worth living. For some, this element takes the form of a pet or a child. For Noëlie Yaogo, however, her constant is her bicycle.

In this novel, Yaogo tells the story of young people integrating in poverty-stricken Burkina Faso. Though life is often difficult as she struggles to find a job and defeat established gender roles, there is one thing on which she can rely: her bicycle. The Odds Are Against Cycling is a story of triumph against mounting odds, and ultimately, a love letter to a bicycle that was much more than a means of transportation. It was instead an instrument of improving quality of life through challenging times and events.

About the Author:
Noëlie Yaogo is an English teacher in Burkina Faso, where she has been a native for thirty-eight years. Yaogo has published one other novel, Les Plaisirs du Mal…Les Plaisirs du Mâle, which was released in 2007. Her interests include reading, music, and of course, cycling.

"The Odds Are Against Cycling" is a 174-page paperback with a retail price of $17.00. The ISBN is 978-1-4349-1127-8. It was published by Dorrance Publishing Co., Inc of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. For more information, or to request a review copy, please go to our virtual pressroom at or our online bookstore at
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Jessica Stillwell
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