BBC Culture, in a recent poll of “several dozen” US critics, has named Chimamanda Adichie’s Half of a Yellow Sun among the 12 greatest novels of the 21st Century so far. Set amidst the Biafran War, Half of a Yellow Sun explores the effects of the war on the newly independent nation. According to the critic Walton Muyumba, Half of a Yellow Sun is “… a tour de force, artistically and intellectually.” Also highly ranked was Adichie’s 2013 novel, Americanah, which very narrowly missed out on a spot in the top 12.
Ranked at number one was Junot Diaz’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao. Also among the top 12 were Hilary Mantel’s Wolf Hall, Jonathan Franzen’s The Corrections, Zadie Smith’s White Teeth and Jennifer Egan’s A Visit from the Goon Squad.
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The world abounds with novels about violence against women. So why should you read Daughters Who Walk This Path, Kilanko’s rewrite of a motif that has inspired everyone from Shakespeare (Rape of Lucrece) to Alice Walker (The Color Purple)?
You should because Kilanko does smart and masterful things with the genre.
It’s the 1980s in Ibadan, the city of seven hills and little Morayo is as happy as a lark. Kachi, the boy she’s been crushing on has made it clear that the feelings are mutual. Her friendship with Tomi is a source of the simple joys of childhood. Eniayo, her younger albino sister is growing up to be a lovely and chirpy little girl. Dad and mom are doing well. They’ve just moved from a rented three-bedroom flat to a new two-story complex built from scratch. But this picture-perfect world comes down in a crash one unsuspecting day. Morayo’s near blissful life is abruptly and quite savagely cut short by an act of sexual violence.
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