The Joys of Motherhood: A Novel

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A feminist literary classic by one of Africa’s greatest women writers, re-issued with a new introduction by Stéphane Robolin.
First published in 1979, The Joys of Motherhood is the story of Nnu Ego, a Nigerian woman struggling in a patriarchal society. Unable to conceive in her first marriage, Nnu is banished to Lagos where she succeeds in becoming a mother. Then, against the backdrop of World War II, Nnu must fiercely protect herself and her children when she is abandoned by ...
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Overview

A feminist literary classic by one of Africa’s greatest women writers, re-issued with a new introduction by Stéphane Robolin.
First published in 1979, The Joys of Motherhood is the story of Nnu Ego, a Nigerian woman struggling in a patriarchal society. Unable to conceive in her first marriage, Nnu is banished to Lagos where she succeeds in becoming a mother. Then, against the backdrop of World War II, Nnu must fiercely protect herself and her children when she is abandoned by her husband and her people. Emecheta “writes with subtlety, power, and abundant compassion” (New York Times).
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780807616239
  • Publisher: Braziller, George Inc.
  • Publication date: 8/7/2013
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 230
  • Sales rank: 161,202
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 5.40 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Born of Ibo parents in Nigeria, Buchi Emecheta is widely known for her multilayered stories of black women struggling to maintain their identity and construct viable lives for themselves and their families.
She writes, according to The New York Times, with "subtlety, power, and abundant compassion." Her numerous novels include The Slave Girl, The Family, Bride Price, and The Joys of Motherhood.

Stéphane Robolin’s essays have been published in several journals including Research in African Literatures, Modern Fiction Studies, and Literature Compass. He is an assistant professor of English at Rutgers University.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 31, 2003

    Simply amazing

    I thought this was a very nice book. Once I started it was really hard for me to put it down till I was done. Buchi is an excellent writer as a Nigerian I think she describes our country and traditions to the letter.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 25, 2011

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    Cultural exposure.

    I decided to read it simply out of curiosity. It was not what I was expecting--drama and tragedy. It is written very simply, in format and vocabulary. Reading this book benefited me most in that it taught me about African culture and customs and, also, about the hardships encountered during the early 1900's.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 15, 2007

    Fabulous

    'The Joys of Motherhood' may be a little hard to get into at first, but as the story unfolds, it's hard to pull yourself away from this great book. I really loved this book because it was so interesting to read about a different culture at an earlier time period. The title is ironic and the story of Nnu Ego is so amazing. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who is interested in African culture and Women¿s studies.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 3, 2006

    A feel of motherhood

    I found this book to be very exciting from the very first page to the very last.After reading this book I got to understand the true meaning of the word Mother.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 2, 2001

    Extreme Understanding

    The story starts by transporting the reader...not allowing any room

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