Under the udala trees

by Okparanta, Chinelo.

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A young Nigerian girl, displaced during their civil war, begins a powerful love affair with another refugee girl from a different ethnic community until the pair are discovered and must learn the cost of living a lie amidst taboos and prejudices.
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Booklist Review: "Nigeria's repressive attitude against same-sex relationships forms the scaffolding for Okparanta's (Happiness, Like Water, 2013) deeply affecting debut novel about a young woman's coming to terms with her sexuality and the choices it forces her to make. Ijeoma is only 11 when her idyllic childhood in the small Nigerian town of Ojoto is violently interrupted by the civil war. Unmoored and displaced by the violence, Ijeoma meets another refugee, Amina, discovers her sexuality, and must wrestle with its repercussions. Even if Ijeoma's character is too often defined only by her orientation, this is a remarkable portrait of a young woman's coming-of-age in a society where rigid interpretations of the Bible label same-sex relationships as an abomination, and where violence is all too often part of the solution. The fact that Nigeria criminalized same-sex marriages in 2014 makes Okparanta's tale that much more sobering and urgent. It is especially gratifying that one of the defining tag lines of the feminist movement, a woman without a man, just might be co-opted here in another time and place.--Apte, Poornima Copyright 2015 Booklist"
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Publisher's Weekly Review: "Okparanta's excellent debut novel is a heartbreaker. Ijeoma is a young girl in civil war-torn Ojoto, Nigeria. When the war takes her father, and her mother can no longer care for her, she is sent away to family friends in the city of Aba. While with them, Ijeoma, part of the Igbo tribe, meets Amina, an orphan from the Hausa tribe. Despite the heavy cultural and religious taboos, the girls fall in love and begin to explore their sexuality. This behavior comes to an abrupt halt when they are caught and Ijeoma returns to her mother, who inundates her in religious instruction. Ijeoma and Amina attend the same school and wrestle the conflict between their attraction and the pressures upon them. After Amina marries a man, Ijeoma is devastated, but soon meets another woman, Ndidi. Eventually, caving to pressure, Ijeoma marries her childhood friend Chibundu and tries to be a happy wife but as time passes, Ijeoma must contend with her feelings for Ndidi, which she must keep secret, and finally make a fateful decision. Okparanta's characters are just as compelling as teenagers as they are as adults and readers will be swept up in this tale of the power of love. (Sept.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."

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Subjects Literature
LGBTQIA+ (Fiction)
Nigeria Fiction.
Electronic books.
Publisher Boston :Houghton Mifflin Harcourt,2015
Contributors OverDrive, Inc.
Language English
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ISBN 9780544003361
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