Inspired by Nigeria’s folktales and its war, Under the Udala Trees is a deeply searching, powerful debut about the dangers of living and loving openly. Ijeoma comes of age as her nation does; born before independence, she is eleven when civil war breaks out in the young republic of Nigeria. Sent away to safety, she meets another displaced child and they, star-crossed, fall in love. They are from different ethnic communities. They are also both girls. When their love is discovered, Ijeoma learns that she will have to hide this part of herself. But there is a cost to living inside a lie.

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Bustle

26 Jan 2017
8.0
It may be a little early to make sweeping statements about The Year in Books, but Chinelo Okparanta’s Under the Udala Trees (HMH) is my runaway frontrunner for the most important novel of 2015. But not because it proclaims its importance. Narrated ...
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26 Jan 2017
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One of the rising stars of current African fiction, Chinelo Okparanta was born and raised in Port Harcourt, Nigeria. Under the Udala Trees, which follows her short-story collection “Happiness, Like Water,” is her first novel. For a book t ...

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Published Date:

September 22nd, 2015

Publisher:

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (USA)

ISBN:

978-0-544-00344-6

Language:

English

Literary Awards:

Lambda Literary Award for Lesbian General Fiction, Winner(2016)
The Center for Fiction First Novel Prize, Nominee (2015)
NAACP Image Awards (Outstanding Literary Work of Fiction), Nominee 2015

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