Happiness, Like Water

Happiness, Like Water

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Book - 2013
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"Astonishing. Okparanta's narrators render their stories with such strength and intimacy, such lucidity and composure, that in each and every case the truths of their lives detonate deep inside the reader's heart, with the power and force of revelation."--Paul Harding

Here are Nigerian women at home and transplanted to the United States, building lives out of longing and hope, faith and doubt, the struggle to stay and the mandate to leave, the burden and strength of love. Here are characters faced with dangerous decisions, children slick with oil from the river, a woman in love with another despite the penalties. Here is a world marked by electricity outages, lush landscapes, folktales, buses that break down and never start up again. Here is a portrait ofNigerians that is surprising, shocking, heartrending, loving, and across social strata, dealing in every kind of change. Here are stories filled with language to make your eyes pause and your throat catch. Happiness, Like Water introduces a true talent, a young writer with a beautiful heart and a capacious imagination.

"Intricate, graceful prose propels Okparanta's profoundly moving and illuminating book. I devoured these stories and immediately wanted more. This is an arrival."--NoViolet Bulawayo

"Okparanta's prose is tender, beautiful and evocative. These powerful stories of contemporary Nigeria are told with compassion and a certain sense of humor. What a remarkable new talent."--Chika Unigwe

"A haunting and startlingly original collection of short stories about the lives of Nigerians both at home and in America. Happiness, Like Water is a deeply affecting literary debut, the work of a sure and gifted new writer."--Julie Otsuka
Publisher: Boston : Mariner Books, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, ©2013.
ISBN: 9780544003453
Characteristics: 196 pages ;,21 cm.

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Rock_Shadow
Aug 31, 2013

Writing is subtle, but the stories get to you. Each story or a character comes with an interesting twist or surprise. I enjoyed the Nigerian setting more, however, the two setting (Nigerian and USA) completed the cycle of both, Nigerian woman's, and every woman's search for self identity - with different set of challenges in each place. Some of the themes are loss, abandonment, self discovery, and finding one's voice.

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