Under the Udala trees – May’18

“Under the Udala Trees” is scheduled be discussed in the book club on May 26th, 2018 at Bridge Books in Maboneng.

Profoundly moving, this coming-of-age story of a Nigerian girl set in the time of the Civil War has earned worldwide recognition since its publication.


Chinelo Okparanta’s first novel tells the story of Ijeoma, an eleven-year-old Nigerian girl who, after the loss of her father during the break out of the civil war, is sent to serve as a housemaid to a grammar teacher in a nearby village. There, on the ruins of her young life, she meets her crossed-star lover, Amina, and will soon learn how difficult it is to become the woman she is meant to be in a strictly conservative country.

Published in 2015,  “Under the Udala Trees” won in 2016 the Lambda Literary Award in the General Lesbian Fiction category.


Praise for “Under the Udala trees”:

“An evocative, fiercely told story about a woman’s life, about family and love, and about becoming who you are meant to be. Chinelo Okparanta is an incendiary, essential voice.” – Justin Torres

“Chinelo Okparanta has written a remarkable and exquisite first novel about wars – both external and internal – endurance, survival, and love. A coming-of-age story that demands not just to be read, but felt, Under the Udala Trees wraps us in the spell of an exceptionally talented writer and storyteller.” – Edwige Danticat

Under the Udala Trees is my favorite debut novel of the year – gorgeous, moving, and entirely hopeful. I wept through the final pages of this beautifully written, extremely necessary book.” – Jamie Attenberg

More information on  “Under the Udala trees”:

  • Click here for the New York Times review
  • Click here for the Guardian review
  • Click here for the Good Read review

You can order a copy of the book on Bridge Books,  Exclusive Books and Takealot. Ebook versions are also available on Kobo and Takealot. Book club members enjoy a 10% discount on their purchases at Bridge Book. For more information, please contact us directly.

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