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Reviews

  • Gripping and authentic

    Guardian
  • Bold, brave, defiant ... its exploration of blackness, the white gaze, and the development of the main character Adah's sense of self is extremely powerful and continues to hold great relevance in contemporary British society

    Gal-dem
  • There's inspiration in her sense of injustice, in her insistence that her character's lives should be better ... the ideal version of life, the one we're striving for. Emecheta never lost sight of it

    Paris Review
  • Emecheta revealed the thoughts and aspirations of her countrywomen, shaped by a patriarchal culture but stirred by the modern promise of freedom and self-definition

    The New York Times
  • Emecheta's prose has a shimmer of originality, of English being reinvented ... issues of survival lie inherent in her material and give her tales weight

    John Updike
  • Emecheta's women do not simply lie down and die ... always there is resistance, a challenge to fate, a need to renegotiate the terms of the uneasy peace that exists between them and accepted traditions

    The Voice Literary Supplement

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