nder the Udala Trees
Chinelo Okparanta in conversation with Anna James
Thursday February 4th at 7pm - FREE Entry
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Under the Udala Trees is a beautifully-written, heart-breaking and masterful novel which tells the story of Ijeoma from her war-torn childhood during the Biafran War in the 1960s through to marriage and motherhood including her experience of first love (same-sex), her strained relationship with her mother, and the conflicts between her love and faith.
One day in 1968, at the height of the Biafran civil war, Ijeoma's father is killed and her world is transformed forever. Separated from her grief-stricken mother, she meets another young lost girl, Amina, and the two become inseparable. Theirs is a relationship that will shake the foundations of Ijeoma's faith, test her resolve and flood her heart.
In this masterful novel of faith, love and redemption, Okparanta takes us from Ijeoma's childhood in war-torn Biafra, through the perils and pleasures of her blossoming sexuality, her wrong turns, and into the everyday sorrows and joys of marriage and motherhood. As we journey with Ijeoma we are drawn to the question: what is the value of love and what is the cost?
A triumphant love story written with beauty and delicacy, Under the Udala Trees is a hymn to those who've lost and a prayer for a more compassionate world. It is a work of extraordinary beauty that will enrich your heart.