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
Truly an apt selection for me. - Goodreads
Kind of a stock writing style. - Goodreads
Buchi Emecheta is a wonderful wonderful writer. - Goodreads
It's a real page turner. - Goodreads

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User Review  - Chris - Goodreads

Very glad I stuck this one out. The writing style has the feel of an oral story, which to this Canadian reader was at times tedious - heavy dialogue exposition, not what I tend to think of as "good ... Read full review

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User Review  - Marie - Goodreads

I loved this book. Nnu Ego's story was truly captivating. more like ''the many pains of motherhood'' but i enjoyed every page. Buchi Emecheta's detailed expression of what resembles the lives of many Nnu Egos in Nigeria, and in Africa kept me glued to every page. 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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