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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When I read The Joys of Motherhood for my African Women Writers class, I was expecting something that was very different from what the novel actually offered. I was thrown off by the Title of the book ... Read full review

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Buchi Emecheta's The Joys of Motherhood is a brilliant collaged work addressing the complexities of colonized living in 20th century Nigeria. Emecheta uses both native and foreign ideologies, and the ... Read full review

Contents

The Mother
7
The Mothers Mother
10
The Mothers Early Life
29
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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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