Under the Udala Trees

Under the Udala Trees

Chinelo Okparanta

"If you have ever questioned if love can overcome all, learn Ijeoma's tale . . . A lovely coming-of-age debut."--Marie Claire

Long-listed for the heart for Fiction First Novel Prize

Nominated for the 2015 NAACP picture Awards (Outstanding Literary paintings of Fiction)

Nominated for the 2015 Nigerian Writers Awards (Young Motivational author of the Year)

New York instances ebook overview Editors' Choice

Inspired by way of Nigeria's folktales and its struggle, Under the Udala Trees is a deeply looking out, robust debut concerning the risks of dwelling and loving openly.

Ijeoma comes of age as her state does; born earlier than independence, she is 11 whilst civil struggle breaks out within the younger republic of Nigeria. despatched away to security, she meets one other displaced baby and so they, star-crossed, fall in love. they're from varied ethnic groups. also they are either girls. 

When their love is chanced on, Ijeoma learns that she is going to need to cover this a part of herself. yet there's a rate to residing inside of a lie.     
As Edwidge Danticat has made own the legacy of Haiti's political coming of age, Okparanta's Under the Udala Trees uses one woman's lifetime to ascertain the ways that Nigerians proceed to fight towards selfhood. at the same time their kingdom contends with and recovers from the consequences of struggle and department, Nigerian lives also are wrecked and misplaced from taboo and prejudice. This tale deals a glimmer of desire -- a destiny the place a lady may well simply have the ability to form her lifestyles round fact and love. 
Acclaimed by Vogue, the Financial Times, and many others, Chinelo Okparanta keeps to distill "experience into whatever crystalline, stark yet lustrous" (New York occasions booklet Review). Under the Udala Trees marks the extra upward thrust of a celebrity whose "tales will holiday your middle open" (New York day-by-day News). 

Show sample text content

Download sample