They call me a 'Pleasant older woman.'
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So what does a woman desire? A man? Another woman? Marriage? Money? Adventure? Excitement? Imo Simon has all that but there's still a "but." You see, Imo enjoys her sensuous duplicity, the fun and adventurous lifestyle centred around her flexible sexual morals. But is she ready for embezzlement and financial crime? While still grieving the loss of her daughter Marilyn, she's also punishing her husband Bassey for his wrongdoing in NIGHTFALL. And yet she's engaging in exciting afternoon hookups with the ever-inventive Ajebutter. That's until Bassey catches her red-handed, and she gets sucked into a big scam at work. With her mother now running a committee in her head, Bassey taking off to KD, Ajebutter becoming more than just a third wheel, and her Director demanding that Imo steps up her "assistant" game, what's going to become of Imo Simon? __________ A Woman's Desire is the latest novella in the Imo Simon saga, which begins in 'After Marilyn,' continues in Pepper, and Nightfall. The short story 'Drawn' also features Imo Simon.
What happens when a woman loses her baby? For Imo, the passion in her marriage cools off after the death of her baby, Marilyn. While her husband, Bassey, has become distant, Imo's grief is stark, often without a clear colour, and yet punctuated by guilt-ridden pleasures. To what lengths will this grief take her? And what does her best friend, Didi, have to do with the tension between the couple Moreover, what is Imo doing with the skinny bookworm, Ajebutter? Will Imo overcome her grief and rebuild her life? What if there's still one more shock waiting for her? *** After Marilyn is the beginning story for the unfolding life saga of Imo Simon, which continues in Pepper - A Painless Love, Drawn, and Nightfall.
Many people go into marriage believing there will be lots of passionate lovemaking. What happens when one party is forced to participate? Can the marriage survive? For Imo, an adventurous woman caught in this dilemma, the unpleasant surprises go beyond her husband Bassey telling her over the phone that he wants a divorce, and his out-of-character violent behaviour. Throw in the betrayal of Didi, Imo's best friend who has done what a best friend should never do, and you'll understand why for Imo, this period of her life is indeed NIGHTFALL! *** This companion novella to Pepper - A Painless Love, and the story 'Drawn', continues the life saga of the unforgettable character known as Imo.
"I don’t want to draw clothes. I want to draw you." ... It's a day before the Covid-19 lockdown. Imo cuts short an official trip to Makurdi and heads back to Abuja. Her sister-in-law, Susan the artist, is arriving Abuja tonight. The last time Imo met Susan, one of them was left in shock, dying with curiosity, while tension sucked the air out of the room. Meanwhile, Imo's husband has called and said he'll be out of town on a work trip by the time she gets back. It sounds like a weak excuse. And with Susan, she of the unforgettable tension, coming in, what's going to happen to Imo who is feeling particularly vulnerable at this time?
When her mother is suddenly hospitalised, Imo is reminded afresh how she was just 16 when she kissed another 16-year-old girl, and for that her mother stuffed her privates with pepper. That 20-year-old incident is the love-hate backdrop which frames this mother-daughter relationship of unending conflict. The fact that Mama is now in the hospital, and may need a kidney transplant, makes matters worse for Imo, who (although no saint herself) is currently grappling with the aftermath of coming home to find her husband cheating. Flying to her hometown in the thick of her marital problems to attend to her sick mother, Imo is determined and purposeful. And yet, considering that she's also a woman who is sometimes reckless and vulnerable, will she succeed in resolving these issues? *** Pepper is a novella that follows the story 'After Marilyn.'