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  - arubabookwoman - LibraryThing

This is the story of the life of a Igbo woman, Nnu Ego, from the 1930's to the 1950's. I loved her and I loved this book. Nnu is the daughter of a wealthy Igbo chief living in the country, who is ... Read full review

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The irony of the title cannot be lost on any followers of this "lost" Nigerian novelist from the 1970s. Emecheta chronicles the unhappy lot and difficult lives of Ibo women in Nigeria in the 1940s ... 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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