The Son of the House – Cheluchi Onyemelukwe-Onubia

Also Giller short-listed: a Nigerian story of two women, Nwabula and Julie; their two seemingly independent lives intersect dramatically at the end of the book. The story begins in the 1970s, and then jumps forward to 2011.The book has two strong features. First, there is the Nigerian context, with both exotic and frustratingly corrupts aspects. But mostly this is about the resilience of women in an intense human drama.

One thought on “The Son of the House – Cheluchi Onyemelukwe-Onubia”

  1. I thought it was interesting that the reader is pulled in by the ‘dramatic event’ , the kidnapping, but that the novel immerses itself in the everyday lives of the two women, up until they arrive back at that cataclysmic moment.

    Mary Lawson does something similar in A Town Called Solace, interesting, another Canadian author.


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