The joys of motherhood: a novel

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G. Braziller, 1979 - Fiction - 224 pages
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"A rich, multilayered work of fiction, full of drama and written with deceptive simplicity." Essence

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Buchi Emecheta is a very expressive writer. - Goodreads
Disappointing ending. - Goodreads
Great character development!! - Goodreads
Truly an apt selection for me. - Goodreads
Kind of a stock writing style. - Goodreads
Buchi Emecheta writing flows and captivates. - Goodreads

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User Review  - Nea - Goodreads

There's so much that I loved about this book. I learned a lot about Ibo culture in 1930s/40s Nigeria- the customs, expectations, roles, family structure, challenges and the ways some families ... Read full review

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User Review  - Yvonne Barlow - Goodreads

This starts in a very traditional Nigerian setting, but it moves quickly to Lagos and becomes a story many women can relate to. Children can bring us our greatest joy along with bleak unbearable sadness. This is a tale that crosses so many cultural boundaries. Read full review


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About the author (1979)

Buchi Emecheta, 1944 - Native Nigerian writer Buchi Emecheta was born in 1944 near Lagos. She emigrated to London in 1960 where she pursued a career as a social worker and subsisted in the profession for several years. She began to write to fulfill her growing need to express herself artistically and to support her family financially. Her first two novels centered on life in London as a member of the working class. But her true strength as a novelist flourished as she explored her roots and focused upon the psychological impact of African women struggling with timeworn issues of male domination, economic exploitation, racism, and colonialism in twentieth-century Africa. The Joys of Motherhood (1979) is considered by most as her best novel, exploring the life a woman consumed by demands imposed by society upon motherhood. Her novel The Rape of Shavi (1983) concerns the continued exploitation of Africa by European factions. Emecheta continues to live and write in London.

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