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“The family is like the forest: if you are outside it is dense; if you are inside you see that each tree has its own position.” This quote captures some of my feelings after reading Homegoing. I have a large family and we're all pretty close. Whenever I talk to my friends about a family member, [...]
Changes is about Esi, a modern woman in Ghana, who leaves her husband because of their unhappy marriage (and an incident of marital rape). She finds love soon after, in a polygamous relationship. In this story, Esi navigates what it means to live on her own terms, as a woman in 1990s Ghana. I was [...]
Second Class Citizen tells the story of Adah Ofili, a Nigerian woman born in Lagos during World War II. The story begins with Adah's childhood, dealing with her father's death and her determination to be educated, and describes her adulthood in London, married to Francis, an abusive and unambitious (some might say lazy) husband. The [...]
Recently, I've found myself reading more short stories because I no longer have the free time (or patience) to read long novels, but I still crave a good story from time to time. If you're in a similar position, or you're looking for an introduction to the world of African literature, or just scouring for [...]
I'll be the first to admit that I do not like horror or mystery or any form of sinister suspense because I get scared easily. But when I spotted this book on goodreads, I knew I had to read it. And now that I have, I'm not quite sure how I feel about it. Summary: "When [...]
“Sometimes I think we have children because we want to leave behind someone who can explain who we are to the world when we are gone.” This quote in Chapter 17 of the book sums up Yejide’s whole quest for motherhood Goodreads summary: Yejide and Akin have been married since they met and fell in [...]