Sunshine Book Club: ‘Under The Udala Trees’ by Chinelo Okparanta’ [February 2017] The Sunshine Book Club

This month (February), the Sunshine Book Club is reading ‘Under The Udala Trees’ by Chinelo Okparanta.

The book was published on September 3, 2015.

Here’s a breakdown of the book:

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.

Chinelo Okparanta (Amazon)

Chinelo Okparanta was born in Port Harcourt, Nigeria. Her debut novel ‘Happiness, Like Water‘ was published in 2013.

‘Under The Udala Trees’ is available in the following book shops in Lagos Nigeria:

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The Sunshine Book Club will be meeting on February 25, 2017 at 11AM in Lagos. Venue to be confirmed.

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  1. It’s a rather interesting book.

  2. Justin Owa Says: February 19, 2017 at 2:43 pm

    See you at the next meeting.

  3. How do I join the Sunshone Book Club?

  4. Helen Taiwo Says: February 19, 2017 at 2:47 pm

    I’ve read the book and let’s just say it was rather emosh . . . Worth reading though. Good choice.

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