The Joys of Motherhood

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George Braziller Incorporated, 2011 - Fiction - 224 pages
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Nnu Ego, a hard-working, optimistic Ibo woman, remains fiercely determined to save her children from the devastation of war, the erosion of village life, and the breakdown of tradition.

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User Review  - Lukerik - LibraryThing

This is a fine novel. I wouldn't be surprised if it popped up on a school syllabus at some point. It's just packed full of themes, especially feminism, and she's such a sensitive and subtle writer ... Read full review

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User Review  - mahallett - LibraryThing

great story. the title is very ironic as Nnu ego has almost no joy in life and certainly not from her children. a life of duty in which she allowed herself no fun or joy. duty is her one focus. the ... Read full review

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About the author (2011)

Buchi Emecheta was born in Lagos, Nigeria on July 21, 1944. She emigrated to London, England in 1960. She received a sociology degree at the University of London. She worked as a social worker for a number of years and contributed a column to the New Statesman about black British life. She wrote 20 novels during her lifetime including The Joys of Motherhood, The Rape of Shavi, Second Class Citizen, Into the Ditch, The Bride Price, and The New Tribe. Her first play, A Kind of Marriage, was screened on BBC TV in 1976 and was adapted into a novel in 1986. Her autobiography was entitled Head Above Water. In 2005, she was made an OBE for services to literature. She died on January 25, 2017 at the age of 72.

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