Under the Udala Trees

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Granta Books, 2016 - Girls - 336 pages
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. In this masterful novel of faith, love and redemption, Okparanta takes us from Ijeoma's childhood in war-torn Biafra, through the perils and pleasures of her blossoming sexuality, her wrong turns, and into the everyday sorrows and joys of marriage and motherhood. As we journey with Ijeoma we are drawn to the question: what is the value of love and what is the cost? A triumphant love story written with beauty and delicacy, Under the Udala Trees is a hymn to those who've lost and a prayer for a more compassionate world. It is a work of extraordinary beauty that will enrich your heart.

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User Review  - RidgewayGirl - LibraryThing

Under the Udala Trees by Chinelo Okparanta was a delight to read. Telling the story of a girl during Nigeria's Biafra War, whose father is killed and whose mother sends her to live as a housemaid in ... Read full review

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User Review  - bobbieharv - LibraryThing

This book felt more like a memoir than fiction. It was beautifully written, especially in the beginning. But when Ijeoma has to give up her lover, go back to her mother, and finally marry, the emotion ... Read full review

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About the author (2016)

Chinelo Okparanta was born in Port Harcourt, Nigeria. She was ten years old when her family moved to the United States. She is a graduate of Pennsylvania State University (Bachelors of Science), Rutgers University (Master of Arts), and the Iowa Writers' Workshop (Masters of Fine Arts). Her short stories have been published in Granta, The New Yorker, Tin House, The Kenyon Review, The Southern Review TriQuarterly, Conjunctions, Subtropics and The Coffin Factory. Her first short story collection, Happiness, Like Water, won the 2014 Lambda Literary Award for Lesbian Fiction and was named one of The Guardian's Best African Fiction of 2013. Her essays have appeared in Granta AGNI, The Story Prize blog, and the University of Iowa International Writing Program blog. Her first novel, Under the Udala Trees, was published in 2015 and won the 2016 Lambda Literary Award in the General Lesbian Fiction category.

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