Tiny sunbirds, far away a novel

by Watson, Christie.

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After her parents separate, Blessing's mother moves with her and her brother Ezikiel to live in a village in the Niger Delta, where Blessing gradually adjusts, but Ezikiel soon leads a dangerous life as a boy soldier.
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Booklist Review: "Through the lens of a young girl's coming-of-age, this breakthrough novel views the politics of contemporary Nigeria, portraying the clash between traditional and modern as it affects one extended family. When Blessing, 12, has to leave her prosperous modern home and school in Lagos for her mother's rural family compound in the delta, she is shocked by having no water and electricity and no school to attend, but she slowly settles in and bonds with her mentor grandmother, who trains Blessing to be a midwife. The adjustment is never presented in simplistic terms. The old ways can be vicious, including Grandma's practice of female circumcision. Most moving is the breakdown of Blessing's beloved gifted older brother, Ezekiel. Unable to attend school, he hates all whites and joins the violent rebels. Married to a Nigerian, Watson tells her story of culture clash without heavy messages, but the issues are sure to spark intense discussion, especially about the damage done to the environment and to the people by the powerful international oil industry in league with the corrupt government.--Rochman, Hazel Copyright 2010 Booklist"
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Publisher's Weekly Review: "In Watson's impressive debut, 12-year-old Blessing is uprooted from her suburban Lagos, Nigeria, life when her mother Timi catches their father with another woman and moves Blessing and her brother, Ezikiel, to the outskirts of the dangerous, oil-rich Niger delta. The proximity to the oil fields, which erupt often in smoke, oil, and violence, exacerbates Ezikiel's poor health, and it's not long before a stray bullet sends him to the hospital. He survives, and takes up wandering the "evil forest" bush, home of the Sibeye boys, who kidnap oil workers and eat fireflies for strength. When Timi falls for a white oil worker, the Sibeyes become interested. Ezikiel takes up with them, discarding his dreams of becoming a doctor even as Blessing begins to help deliver babies, which gives her the confidence to take a stand against the genital mutilation that midwifes traditionally perform. Watson's nuanced portrayal of daily life in Nigeria is peopled with flawed but tenacious characters who fight not only for survival but for dignity. Blessing is a wonderful narrator whose vivid impressions enliven Watson's sensual prose. (May) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."
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Subjects Teenage girls Nigeria Fiction
Brothers and sisters Fiction
Life change events Fiction
Country life Nigeria Fiction
Grandparent and child Nigeria Fiction
Families Nigeria Fiction
Niger River Delta Region (Nigeria) Social conditions Fiction.
Nigeria Social life and customs Fiction.
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Publisher New York :Other Press2011
Contributors OverDrive, Inc.
Language English
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ISBN 9781590514672
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