Under the udala trees

by Okparanta, Chinelo,

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"If you've ever wondered if love can conquer all, read [this] stunning coming-of-age debut." -- Marie Claire

A New York Times Book Review Editors' Choice

Named a Best Book of the Year by

NPR * BuzzFeed * Bustle * Shelf Awareness * Publishers Lunch

"[This] love story has hypnotic power."--The New Yorker

Ijeoma comes of age as her nation does. Born before independence, she is eleven when civil war breaks out in the young republic of Nigeria. Sent away to safety, she meets another displaced child and they, star-crossed, fall in love. They are from different ethnic communities. They are also both girls. But when their love is discovered, Ijeoma learns that she will have to hide this part of herself--and there is a cost to living inside a lie.

Inspired by Nigeria's folktales and its war, Chinelo Okparanta shows us, in "graceful and precise" prose (New York Times Book Review), how the struggles and divisions of a nation are inscribed on the souls of its citizens. "Powerful and heartbreaking, Under the Udala Trees is a deeply moving commentary on identity, prejudice, and forbidden love" (BuzzFeed).

"An important and timely read, imbued with both political ferocity and mythic beauty." -- Bustle

"A real talent. [Under the Udala Trees is] the kind of book that should have come with a cold compress kit. It's sad and sensual and full of heat." -- John Freeman, Electric Literature

"Demands not just to be read, but felt." -- Edwidge Danticat
Published Reviews
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."

Additional Information
Subjects Girls -- Nigeria -- Fiction.
Lesbians -- Nigeria -- Fiction.
Lesbians -- Fiction.
Nigeria -- History -- Civil War, 1967-1970 -- Fiction.
Nigeria -- Fiction.
Publisher Boston :Houghton Mifflin Harcourt,2016
Edition First Mariner Book edition.
Language English
Notes "Mariner books."
Description 328 pages : maps ; 21 cm
ISBN 9780544811799
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