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Daughters Who Walk This Path

Daughters Who Walk This Path

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by Yejide Kilanko
     
 

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SPIRITED AND INTELLIGENT, MORAYO grows up surrounded by school friends and family in busy, modern-day Ibadan. An adoring little sister, their traditional parents, and a host of aunties and cousins make Morayo’s home their own. So there’s nothing unusual about her charming but troubled cousin Bros T moving in with the family. At first Morayo and

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SPIRITED AND INTELLIGENT, MORAYO grows up surrounded by school friends and family in busy, modern-day Ibadan. An adoring little sister, their traditional parents, and a host of aunties and cousins make Morayo’s home their own. So there’s nothing unusual about her charming but troubled cousin Bros T moving in with the family. At first Morayo and her sister are delighted, but in her innocence, nothing prepares Morayo for the shameful secret Bros T forces upon her.

Thrust into a web of oppressive silence woven by the adults around her, Morayo must learn to protect herself and her sister from a legacy of silence shared by the women in her family. Only her Aunt Morenike provides Morayo with a safe home and a sense of female community that sustains her as she develops into a young woman in bustling, politically charged, often violent Nigeria.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
02/25/2013
The perils of growing up female are amplified by the social and political inequalities of modern day Nigeria in Kilanko's debut novel, a coming-of-age story about Morayo, who lives comfortably with her family in the town of Ibadan, where the threat of violence lingers, seemingly around every corner. In this male-dominated setting, Morayo and her little sister Eniayo are thrilled when charming older cousin, Bros T, moves into the expanding household. With his good looks and persuasiveness, Bros T seems capable of sweet talking his way out of anything. As he gets closer to the family though, Morayo learns of the destructive potential of his charismatic smile. Unable to speak openly about the torment of Bros T to her conservative family, Morayo withdraws into a protective shell until she discovers a kindred soul in her Aunty Morenike. With a dark past of her own, Aunty is the only one Morayo feels comfortable opening up to in a repressed social climate unwilling to recognize these all-too-common struggles of female adolescence. Although Kilanko's background in social work is used to good effect, her characters' pain never becomes truly palpable, and the overly precious, wooden prose cannot withstand the more serious issues the novel broaches. (Feb.)
From the Publisher
“Yejide Kilanko’s courageous characters reveal how young women bear their coming-of-age, and then they learn to tell.”

– Kim Echlin, author of Giller Prize-nominated The Disappeared

Daughters Who Walk This Path is a subtle yet complex exploration of what it means to be a young woman growing up in contemporary Nigeria. Kilanko does not shy away from tough subjects. Just as important, she does not sensationalize them. This is a delightful, haunting book from a very talented writer.”

 – Chika Unigwe, author of On Black Sisters Street

A welcome and much needed chronicle of family politics in contemporary Nigeria.”

– Sefi Atta, awarding-winning author of Everything Good Will Come

“Uplifting…graceful and unmistakably authentic”

– Quill & Quire 

“Though the subject of her novel is one that’ll typically make us avert our eyes, Yejide Kilanko combines an unflinching gaze, a tender heart and a gift for lyrical storytelling. Daughters Who Walk This Path is a necessary book.”
 – E.C.Osondu – Winner of the Caine Prize and author Voice of America

"[Kilanko] tells us stories about Nigerian women’s emotional strength, their remarkable network of support and the travails that afflict many of them in a country where women still provide the domestic backbone. It is a book that can make you laugh and cry and if you aren’t a feminist, Kilanko’s book will turn you into one — whether you’re male or female… Kilanko’s characters are affecting and admirable; her storytelling agile and persuasive; her dialogue convincing and funny. Kilanko’s primary job in social work and child protection allows her a deep understanding of victimization. She leaves us with a sense of a Nigerian woman’s heroism in the face of social prejudice. Morayo and her aunt Morenike walked us down a path we hope we will be able to meet them on again."

Toronto Star                     

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780143186434
Publisher:
Penguin Canada
Publication date:
01/29/2013
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
352
Sales rank:
1,132,493
Product dimensions:
5.20(w) x 8.10(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

What People are saying about this

From the Publisher
“Yejide Kilanko’s courageous characters reveal how young women bear their coming-of-age, and then they learn to tell.”
– Kim Echlin, author of Giller Prize-nominated The Disappeared

Daughters Who Walk This Path is a subtle yet complex exploration of what it means to be a young woman growing up in contemporary Nigeria. Kilanko does not shy away from tough subjects. Just as important, she does not sensationalize them. This is a delightful, haunting book from a very talented writer.”
– Chika Unigwe, author of On Black Sisters Street

A welcome and much needed chronicle of family politics in contemporary Nigeria.”
– Sefi Atta, awarding-winning author of Everything Good Will Come

“Uplifting…graceful and unmistakably authentic”
– Quill & Quire

“Though the subject of her novel is one that’ll typically make us avert our eyes, Yejide Kilanko combines an unflinching gaze, a tender heart and a gift for lyrical storytelling. Daughters Who Walk This Path is a necessary book.”
– E.C.Osondu – Winner of the Caine Prize and author Voice of America

"[Kilanko] tells us stories about Nigerian women’s emotional strength, their remarkable network of support and the travails that afflict many of them in a country where women still provide the domestic backbone. It is a book that can make you laugh and cry and if you aren’t a feminist, Kilanko’s book will turn you into one — whether you’re male or female… Kilanko’s characters are affecting and admirable; her storytelling agile and persuasive; her dialogue convincing and funny. Kilanko’s primary job in social work and child protection allows her a deep understanding of victimization. She leaves us with a sense of a Nigerian woman’s heroism in the face of social prejudice. Morayo and her aunt Morenike walked us down a path we hope we will be able to meet them on again."
Toronto Star

Meet the Author

Yejide Kilanko was born in Ibadan, Nigeria, the daughter of a university professor and his wife. She married an American computer programmer, and immigrated to Laurel, Maryland. Kilanko is now a social worker in children’s mental health and lives in Canada. Daughters Who Walk This Path is her first novel.

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Daughters Who Walk This Path 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
nfmgirl More than 1 year ago
This story follows the life of Morayo, a young girl growing up in the city of Ibadan. Her little sister Eniayo is albino, and she has to deal with a certain amount of ridicule and discrimination due to her condition, especially since it is believed that albino children bring bad luck, or are a symbol of God's punishment on the family. There is a tragic event involving Morayo and her cousin Bros T which leaves her world shaken, but she recovers with the help of her aunt Morenike, who herself suffered a tragic event as a teenager. I loved the way this book gave me a taste of the culture and lifestyles of the people of Nigeria. There is a formality to relationships, and I found myself sort of enamored with the way that the younger people bow down and prostrate themselves in greeting and respect to their elders. Even the way that wives and husbands refer to one another. My final word: A sweet and tragic exploration of the Nigerian culture through the eyes of a young girl growing into a woman.
OOSABookClub More than 1 year ago
Morayo lives in Nigeria. She's a protective sister with a secret. Once the secret is revealed, the situation is never discussed. The family is expected to continue as if nothing happened. Does the secret affect any of the family members? “Daughters Who Walk This Path” is a great debut. I felt a range of emotions. Morayo is someone I know who experienced a traumatic ordeal. Yejide Kilanko takes you on a journey. As with anyone who experiences trauma, they have their days. Despite the low points in Morayo's life, I enjoyed reading such a testimony. Instead of succumbing to her circumstances, she moved forward. The characters meshed well together. Morayo was surrounded by family and friends. Besides Morayo, I loved Morenike. She was an aunt and was there for her niece. They have a close relationship. I would highly recommend this book to those who can appreciate a relatable experience. Reviewed by: Jas
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I thoroughly enjoyed the experience of reading this book. Well written. Enjoyed it.