Ayobami is a great writer. Her narrative of Yejide’s life is sublime. So she sets out the table for you. She lays out all the ingredients, describing each and every one and goes on to serve you a rich satisfying meal – one that is so multilayered that at some point you just pause to appreciate but the glutton in you wants more and more is what you get.
It is a story about Yejide, her marriage and the need to have a child. Ayobami sets the story in Nigeria in the early 1980’s do you are also drawn into a history lesson. I would love an audio book for this story because her writing felt so much like listening. I felt I could hear the character voices so clearly, feel their fears and angst. I want to write so much more about this book but I don’t want to spoil it for you.
It is a history lesson, it is a love lesson, she addresses mental health in the same breath examines marriage and the not so silent patriarchy that exists in marriage and society at large.
There is love, murder, betrayal, polygamy, history, mental health and healing all in one book. The ending or is it the beginning will shock you.
Ayobami served a feast of words and language. Loved it to the core. Recommended 10/10.