Under the Udala Trees
'Mesmerizing storytelling... Under the Udala Trees is breathtaking, rich with history and heart' Tayari Jones
One day in 1968, at the height of the Biafran civil war, Ijeoma's father is killed and her world is transformed forever. Separated from her grief-stricken mother, she meets another young lost girl, Amina, and the two become inseparable. Theirs is a relationship that will shake the foundations of Ijeoma's faith, test her resolve and flood her heart.
From Ijeoma's childhood in war-torn Biafra and through the perils and pleasures of her blossoming sexuality, Okparanta takes us on a journey through thwarted hopes and wrong turns and into the everyday joys and sorrows of marriage and motherhood.
A triumphant love story, Under the Udala Tree is work of extraordinary beauty that will enrich your heart.'Under the Udala Trees [recalls] the work of Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie in its powerful interweaving of the personal and the political... the dizzying scope of her storytelling keeps you gripped' Financial Times
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