It is a story of twists, turns and deep dark secrets. It recounts harrowing moments of a middle-class African family ruled with the iron hand of an idealistic Gynaecologist. Sisi, the head of the family, and demands that her husband Ukwunna takes care of the children and kitchen. He is more supportive but too much of a sissy to protect himself from Sisi whose fierceness tames him to be submissive to her tall orders and make do with the batter he receives from her.
When the shocking repulsion of Sisi’s regime becomes overwhelming, the family’s allegiance crinkles severely as everyone tears apart and unites in ways that none of them imagined. The entire household entangles itself in a mesh of lies, chaos, distrust, betrayals, hate, love, fear and pain.
Ezinne hears that her disabled twin sister, Nneoma is raped by Pastor who she depends upon for healing and turns suicidal. Omekannaya, her only brother divulges the secret of his gay status and ends up being ostracized by his parents. Ezinne fights to be free from Sisi’s clutches and relocates to London. She lives with her Caucasian fiancé, Mark. The only thing that goes right in her life is a happy relationship, until things take an unexpected turn.
Ending the novel with the racist Sisi accepting as a grandson, Ezinne’s hybrid baby, Mark Junior is a circuitous way of promoting cross cultural marriages and hybridity. It is a novel about the self, the other, the people, the country and the land.
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