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Under the Udala Trees

Under the Udala Trees

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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

Author: Chinelo Okparanta
Publisher: Mariner Books
Published: 09/20/2016
Pages: 336
Binding Type: Paperback
Weight: 0.60lbs
Size: 7.90h x 5.20w x 1.00d
ISBN: 9780544811799

About the Author
Born in Port Harcourt, Nigeria, CHINELO OKPARANTA is the author of Happiness, Like Water. Her honors include an O. Henry Prize, a Lambda Literary Award, and finalist selections for the Young Lions, the Caine Prize, and the Rolex Mentors and Protégés Arts Initiative.

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