Happiness, Like Water

November 5, 2014|
Happiness, Like Water by Chinelo Okparanta
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A triumphant collection of stories centered on Nigerian women as they build lives out of love and longing, the struggle to stay and the mandate to leave, by an award-winning writer who “is a certainly a voice to watch, and clearly deserves a place on any bookshelf beside fellow Nigerian authors Achebe and Adichie" (Bustle). What does happiness look like for the women in this acclaimed debut collection? Here is a cast of characters, in their Nigerian homeland and abroad, who whose world is marked by lush landscapes, historical legend and lively folktales, and the search for identity at all costs. You’ll meet mothers who will go to the ends of the earth for their children and daughters who will love whomever they want—even if that means risking everything, even their own lives. Spanning generations, transcending social strata, and crossing the boundaries between duty and desire, the stories in this collection are rendered 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). ¶ “The work of a sure and gifted new writer."—Julie Otsuka

One ofGranta’s six New Voices for 2012, CHINELO OKPARANTA grew up a Jehovah’s Witness. She lived in Nigeria until the age of ten, when her family came to the United States. A graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, she has also taught middle school, high school, and college. 
Title:Happiness, Like Water
Product dimensions:208 pages, 8 X 5.31 X 0.5 in
Shipping dimensions:208 pages, 8 X 5.31 X 0.5 in
Published:November 5, 2014
Publisher:Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
ISBN - 13:9780544003453

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