Daughters Who Walk This Path
ISBN 9780143186434 | 352 pages | 29 Jan 2013 | Pintail | 7.00 x 5.00in | 18 - AND UP
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SPIRITED AND INTELLIGENT, MORAYO grows up surrounded by school friends and family in busy, modern-day Ibadan. An adoring little sister, their traditional parents, and a host of aunties and cousins make Morayo’s home their own. So there’s nothing unusual about her charming but troubled cousin Bros T moving in with the family. At first Morayo and her sister are delighted, but in her innocence, nothing prepares Morayo for the shameful secret Bros T forces upon her.
Thrust into a web of oppressive silence woven by the adults around her, Morayo must learn to protect herself and her sister from a legacy of silence shared by the women in her family. Only her Aunt Morenike provides Morayo with a safe home and a sense of female community that sustains her as she develops into a young woman in bustling, politically charged, often violent Nigeria.
“Yejide Kilanko’s courageous characters reveal how young women bear their coming-of-age, and then they learn to tell.”
– Kim Echlin, author of Giller Prize-nominated The Disappeared
“Daughters Who Walk This Path is a subtle yet complex exploration of what it means to be a young woman growing up in contemporary Nigeria. Kilanko does not shy away from tough subjects. Just as important, she does not sensationalize them. This is a delightful, haunting book from a very talented writer.”
– Chika Unigwe, author of On Black Sisters Street
“A welcome and much needed chronicle of family politics in contemporary Nigeria.”
– Sefi Atta, awarding-winning author of Everything Good Will Come
“Uplifting…graceful and unmistakably authentic”
– Quill & Quire
“Though the subject of her novel is one that’ll typically make us avert our eyes, Yejide Kilanko combines an unflinching gaze, a tender heart and a gift for lyrical storytelling. Daughters Who Walk This Path is a necessary book.”
– E.C.Osondu – Winner of the Caine Prize and author Voice of America
"[Kilanko] tells us stories about Nigerian women’s emotional strength, their remarkable network of support and the travails that afflict many of them in a country where women still provide the domestic backbone. It is a book that can make you laugh and cry and if you aren’t a feminist, Kilanko’s book will turn you into one — whether you’re male or female… Kilanko’s characters are affecting and admirable; her storytelling agile and persuasive; her dialogue convincing and funny. Kilanko’s primary job in social work and child protection allows her a deep understanding of victimization. She leaves us with a sense of a Nigerian woman’s heroism in the face of social prejudice. Morayo and her aunt Morenike walked us down a path we hope we will be able to meet them on again."
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