three women (sample)
By Bunmi Oyinsan

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An intimate portrayal of the voices of three generations of women seen through the portrait of family life in Africa. This is a sprawling epic about the impact of a false allegation on a Nigerian mother and the subsequent generations of her family, pulled apart by their exultant belief in or repudiation of the insinuation. A strong and reflective soul, Aduke, is ostracized by her family when she is accused of witchcraft. Her daughter, Ibidun, confused and rebellious, is raised to distrust her but after getting pregnant as a teenager, she is forced to seek out her mother for help. Ibidun is compelled by circumstances to leave her infant daughter in her mother’s care. The years pass as Aduke and her granddaughter, Oyinkan, two outcasts haunted by the fact that they were born outside wedlock, become so close it appears they merge into one being governed by seemingly synchronic movements. As Oyinkan is on the threshold of adulthood at 12 years of age, her precarious world is shattered by the death of her beloved grandmother. Oyinkan decides she would fare better passing for a man. She moves to the city where her son is studying in the university and starts crossdressing. This only further complicates her life as Kole, during a fit of drunkenness finds her embracing her son jumps to the conclusion that she is a man, having a homosexual affair with the boy lunges to attack her but the boy gets in the way. With its multiple first-person perspectives in the form of letters and journal entries, “Three Women” portrays the inner workings of a modern African family as they face common relationships, love, family, and life problems. REVIEWS: “In this domestic novel set in 20th-century Nigeria, Oyinsan tells the story of Oyinkan and Kole, their troubled marriage, and Oyinkan’s relationship with the grandmother who raised her and the mother who largely abandoned her. ...engrossing and effective... A solid, well-written novel of relationships and growth.” — Kirkus Reviews Noticed an error in this book? Send a mail to to report it

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