Under the Udala Trees [recalls] the work of Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie in its powerful interweaving of the personal and the political. Okparanta's simple, direct prose is interspersed with... allegory and folklore and... the dizzying scope of her storytelling keeps you gripped
Lucy Popescu, Financial Times
A brave novel seeking to challenge prejudice... Okparanta describes with clarity and seeming simplicity states that are not simple at all
Aida Edemariam, Guardian
A harrowing coming-of-age tale that, with elegant prose, captures the conflict of the time while illustrating how it resounds today. Okparanta shines a light on the plight of the gay community in Nigeria, where its condemnation is tragically not consigned to the history books
Antonia Charlesworth, Big Issue in the North
From the Same Author
Happiness, Like Water
In this debut collection, Chinelo Okparanta introduces us to families burdened equally by the past and the future. Here, we meet a childless couple with very different desires; a college professor comforting a troubled student; a mother seeking refuge from an abusive husband; an embittered spinster recalling the loss of a dear childhood friend; and a young woman waiting to join her lover abroad. High expectations – whether of success in Nigeria, or the dream of opportunity and accomplishment in America – consume them.
In language that is both raw and elegant, Happiness, Like Water heralds the arrival of a fearless and sensitive literary voice.
Chinelo Okparanta on Granta.com
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All the Caged Things
‘All that thought of home gave the girl a sickly feeling, the longing of something so out of reach, something she wasn’t even sure she could any longer truly remember.’