The Joys of Motherhood
'A scorching portrayal of a woman's life... the female, feminist counterpart to Things Fall Apart' Bernardine Evaristo
'God, when will you create a woman who will be fulfilled in herself, a full human being, not anybody's appendage?... when will I be free?'
There is no greater honour for a woman in an Ibo village than to have children - especially sons. Unable to conceive in her first marriage, Nnu Ego is sent away to a new husband in the city of Lagos, where she finally succeeds in becoming a mother.
But things are changing, and a war that unfolds thousands of miles away threatens her family's fortunes and her entire way of life. In a world where motherhood is everything, what will be left for her at the end of it all?
'Sparkling intelligence and a certain kind of honest, lived, intimate insight into working-class colonial Nigeria' Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
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