Happiness, like water : stories

by Okparanta, Chinelo,

Format: Print Book 2013
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A triumphant collection of stories centered on Nigerian women as they build lives out of love and longing, the struggle to stay and the mandate to leave, by an award-winning writer who "is a certainly a voice to watch, and clearly deserves a place on any bookshelf beside fellow Nigerian authors Achebe and Adichie" (Bustle ). What does happiness look like for the women in this acclaimed debut collection? Here is a cast of characters, in their Nigerian homeland and abroad, who whose world is marked by lush landscapes, historical legend and lively folktales, and the search for identity at all costs. You'll meet mothers who will go to the ends of the earth for their children and daughters who will love whomever they want--even if that means risking everything, even their own lives. Spanning generations, transcending social strata, and crossing the boundaries between duty and desire, the stories in this collection are rendered with "such strength and intimacy, such lucidity and composure, that in each and every case the truths of their lives detonate deep inside the reader's heart, with the power and force of revelation" (Paul Harding). ΒΆ "The work of a sure and gifted new writer."--Julie Otsuka

On Ohaeto Street
Story, story!
Runs girl
Tumours and butterflies.

Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "In her first collection of stories, Nigerian-born Okparanta focuses primarily on African women and their relationships with family, lovers, colleagues, and the community at large. Okparanta draws on her experience as a Jehovah's Witness growing up in Port Harcout and immigrating to the U.S. These are fierce, unflinching stories of the complicated knotting of close ties and the strange behaviors of language. In stories of hearsay and rumor, Okparanta portrays the ways language creeps around social circles and intrudes, distorts, and penetrates the heart of life. In Wahala!, after receiving questionable advice from a shaman, a husband and wife hear chillingly different intonations in each other's intimate exhalations. In Fairness, young girls overhear talk about using bleach to lighten skin color and experiment with the treatment to horrendous results. In other stories, Okparanta presents a picture of the U.S. as envisioned and talked about by Nigerians overseas. Named one of Granta's New Voices, Okparanta joins the good company of young writers like NoViolet Bulawayo (We Need New Names, 2013) and Tea Obreht (The Tiger's Wife, 2011).--Baez, Diego Copyright 2010 Booklist"
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Publisher's Weekly Review: "In this collection of 10 empathetic short stories, Okparanta chronicles life in her native Nigeria and the immigrant experience in America. Her characters mostly hail from Port Harcourt, the capital of Rivers State, where, in "On Ohaeto Street," a woman revises her image of her wealthy husband after a violent burglary. "Story, Story!" features a childless teacher who slowly-and chillingly-reveals her real interest in the pregnant woman she befriends. In "America," a female science teacher has an affair with another woman and faces a choice between two different ways of life. The later stories relocate to America, mainly Boston, where, in "Shelter," a Nigerian woman trying to free herself and her daughter from the woman's abusive husband runs into the indifference of local social workers. In "Designs," a Nigerian student is torn between his childhood sweetheart and his American girlfriend. And in "Tumours and Butterflies," a high school teacher is sucked back into her abusive father's orbit after he's diagnosed with thyroid cancer. Okparanta skillfully introduces readers to a new world held back by old-world traditions, but a sameness to her stories, which typically involve teachers, students, same-sex relationships, and abuse, makes the focus of this collection too constricted. Agent: Jin Auh, the Wylie Agency. (Aug.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."
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Additional Information
Subjects Short stories.
Publisher Boston :Mariner Books/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt,2013
Edition First Mariner Books edition.
Language English
Description 196 pages ; 21 cm
ISBN 9780544003453
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