ABOUT THE BOOK
Five fictional Nigerian women and girls tell stories of their sexual, physical, verbal and psychological abuse in the hands of men…and sometimes, fellow women. Disowned is a collection of stories about the harrowing journey of the main characters into strong women.
In detailed flashbacks, they describe horrific experiences that moulded them into the bitter, strong or victorious women that they have become. An extremely interesting but often dark and haunting read, Disowned is a collection of stories of sadistic abuse, violence and an almost institutional sexual cruelty towards young girls and women in sub-Saharan Africa. The story portrays a society that is built on the power of men and timidity of women; and, where women are often raised to believe it is their fault when they are abused and molested.
Anyianuka’s Collection of Short Stories is relevant in these times as it challenges patriarchy by revealing the heinous nature of its oppression. Disowned not only paints the problem that patriarchy poses for women, it also sheds light on, and inspire the reader to take actions towards the solution.
From the Back Cover
Disowned is a collection of five short stories told by five fictional Nigerian women who recount their personal experiences in their own voices. Each character’s personality is revealed in the way she tells her story and the way she lets her experience affect her.
The book addresses socio-cultural issues ranging from sexual abuse/child molestation, prostitution, childlessness, widowhood, domestic violence to infidelity faced by the Nigerian woman, openly or secretly. The style is fast-paced, light-hearted, funny, yet dark and haunting. The book is intended to be devoid of all forms of literary pretences and yet be a very relatable and easy to read work of prose.
The stories are DISOWNED, DADDY’S LITTLE GIRL, NNENNA’S LOSS, BLACKIE’S MISSION and TWO OF A KIND.
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