Changes: A Love Story

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Changes explores the complex world in which the lives of professional working women have changed sharply, but the cultural assumptions of men’s lives have not. Witty and compelling, Aidoo’s novel, according to Manthia Diawara, "inaugurates a new realist style in African literature."

"Aidoo writes with intense power in a novel that, in ...

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Overview


Changes explores the complex world in which the lives of professional working women have changed sharply, but the cultural assumptions of men’s lives have not. Witty and compelling, Aidoo’s novel, according to Manthia Diawara, "inaugurates a new realist style in African literature."

"Aidoo writes with intense power in a novel that, in examining the role of women in modern African society, also sheds light on women’s problems around the globe."—Publishers Weekly (starred review)

Suggested for course use in:
African literature
African studies
Family Studies

Ama Ata Aidoo, one of Ghana’s most distinguished writers, is the author of two other works of fiction, Our Sister Killjoy and No Sweetness Here (The Feminist Press), as well as plays, poems, and children’s books. Tuzyline Jita Allan is associate professor of English at Baruch College, CUNY.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Aidoo ( Our Sister Killjoy or Reflections from a Black-Eyed Squint ) writes with intense power in a novel that, in examining the role of women in modern African society, also sheds light on women's problems around the globe. Esi, a woman living in Accra, Ghana, takes her career as a data analyst for the government seriously. An incident of marital rape, the result of her husband's anger at Esi's independence, leads to their separation. She is attracted to a married man named Ali who offers to make her his second wife. At first the arrangement appeals to Esi--she can make her work a priority--but eventually Ali's constant traveling and the way he puts off coming to see her begins to bother her. Aidoo makes use of different formats. Occasionally she provides an explanation in the form of a poetic note embedded in the text, and there are spurts of conversation in script form. In one such section Esi's mother and grandmother discuss her choice. Esi's no-nonsense grandmother says, ``Leave one man, marry another. What is the difference?'' Tuzyline Jita Allan, who teaches English at Baruch College, CUNY, provides an afterword that places Aidoo's work in a historical context and helps introduce this remarkable writer. First serial to Ms. (Dec.)
Library Journal
Despite its African setting, Changes mirrors universal feminist conflicts and concerns. Longtime friends and professional women Esi and Opokuya, who have been dealing differently with family issues, make attempts to juggle their many obligations to their husbands, their children, and their careers. Nevertheless, their sexist husbands, who are impervious to the feminist thinking of their wives, remain unsympathetic. Esi finally makes a statement by choosing divorce, career, and a polygamous remarriage--which ultimately becomes an exchange of one set of challenges for another. Prize-winning Ghanaian-born author Aidoo takes a satirical look at modern women and points out similarities in their lives--whether in Africa or anywhere else. Recommended for women's studies as well as general adult fiction collections.-- Ellen R. Cohen, Rockville, Md.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781558610651
  • Publisher: Feminist Press at CUNY, The
  • Publication date: 11/1/1993
  • Series: Women Writing Africa
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 208
  • Sales rank: 297,893
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author


Ama Ata Aidoo is a native of Ghana, Wet Africa, where she has been Minister of Education and an activist for human rights, women's rights, and African unity. One of Africa's most distinguished writers, she is the author of fiction, poetry, drama, essays, and political and cultural commentary.
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"Aidoo has reaffirmed my failth in the power of the written word to reach, to teach, to empower and encourage."
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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 29, 2008

    Univeral Dilemma from a West African Cultural Perspective

    Enjoyed this book immensely... It truly hit home for me as a female. This book is like a mirror for the "modern:" woman (African or otherwise), it is the dilemma of balancing our responsibilities as females in a modern society (for which we have fought to participate) but which has now presented us with a new set of complications related to the work/career, family/marriage/love balance. This book was both confrontational and coaching... the words of wisdom throughout (from grandmother, mother and friend) are soberingly ralistic.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 22, 2005

    Absolutely loved this

    This love story is a very entertaining dealing with lives of women in a changing African society. It mirrors the social and cultural diversity of Africans and the depth of the African psyche even in the modern world. I enjoyed this rich, well-written, challenging and fascinating story.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 25, 2005

    An amazing book

    This love story is a very entertaining dealing with lives of women in a changing African society. It mirrors the social and cultural diversity of Africans and the depth of the African psyche even in the modern world. I enjoyed this rich, well-written, challenging and fascinating story.

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