Chinelo Okparanta was born in Port Harcourt, Nigeria and moved with her family to the US at the age of ten. She received her Bsc from Pennsylvania State University, her MA from Rutgers University and he MFA from the Iowa Writer’s Workshop. Her stories have been featured in the New Yorker and Granta. She has been a finalist for the Caine Prize for African Writing, the Etisalat prize For Literature and the New York Public Library Young Lions Fiction Award.
Under The Udala Trees
Written with beauty and delicacy, Under the Udala Trees is a hymn to the complexities of love and faith, and a prayer for more compassionate world.
One day in 1968, at the height of the Nigerian civil war, Ijeoma’s father is killed and her world is transformed. 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, Okparanta takes us from Ijeoma’s war-torn childhood through the perils and pleasures of her blossoming sexuality, her wrong turns, and into the everyday sorrows and joys of marriage and motherhood. Written with beauty and delicacy, Under the Udala Trees is a hymn to the complexities of love and faith, and a prayer for more compassionate world.