Chinwe is a woman who marries to satisfy her mother. Unfortunately, the man loves his toys more than he loves her. There is Ezinne, a woman whose husband’s “patience is running out” because she has not conceived a child. Uzoamaka, a girl whose mother uses skin lightening creams and insists that she does the same. Nneoma, single and childless, commits unthinkable acts against women who are married and pregnant. Ada is a student whose mother becomes ill. She needs money for medical treatment so she trusts a friend, that makes money by entertaining men, to arrange a meeting for her to do the same. Ada tragically learns that “private dinners” and “intelligent conversations” are not the only things some of the men expect. And the stories of several more women follow...
The book was enjoyable but several of the stories end abruptly, which is one of the reasons I steer clear of short stories. They leave you wanting more. Or maybe that's the point. Okparanta’s second novel, Under the Udala Trees, will be published on September 22, 2015. I've already added it to my to-read list.
“Happiness is like water. We’re always trying to grab onto it, but it’s always slipping between our fingers.”
Happiness, Like Water
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