Egg-Larva-Pupa-Woman by Ogo Akubue-Ogbata
Publication Date/Version: October 2009/Paperback
Publisher: Priceless Books
Age Group: Adult
Received From: Pump Up Your Book/Author (Thanks!)
Egg-Larva-Pupa-Woman is the story of a privileged Nigerian girl whose life is disrupted by a series of unusual events and the loss of innocence as she knows it. Striving to survive in the wake of her country's independence from British views, she meets an aspiring diplomat with radical political views, a man who asks for more than she knows how to give. They embark on a love affair but can she put the past behind her or will her scandalous secret destroy everything?
Set in the politically charged colonial and post-independence Nigeria, Egg-Larva-Pupa-Woman explores the vicious cycle of violence, corruption and rejection as well as the triumph of love over fear.
Egg-Larva-Pupa-Woman tells of Nkiru at three different stages in her life. Part One describes her difficult childhood as she learns to depend on herself and fight for her future. Part Two tells of her college years, in which she discovers love and grows into a woman. Part Three describes her later in life, trying to follow her dreams and fix the past.
Ogo Akubue-Ogbata has created a wonderfully rich story. Although designed for Adults, I believe mature Young Adults will be able to appreciate this story. This story covers so many emotions and stories: love, hate, fear, destruction, civil war, marriage, death. It's all in there. While not for the weak of heart, this novel weaves a true and believable story about one woman's struggle to become her own independent person, all while going through a metamorphosis, hence the title.
Egg-Larva-Pupa-Woman deals with quite a few difficult subjects. It's hard to read about Nkiru's suffering, but it's easy to see how strong she is. You can't help but feel for her as she struggles to become her own person. Characters come in and out of her life, but each has a profound effect on her. Some I liked, some I hated. Ms. Akubue-Ogbata creates a richly diverse plot filled with raging emotions and an endless amount of courage on Nkiru's part.
I feel that this book is indescribable and that my review won't do it justice. This is one of those lesser known books that deserves much more recognition. The author has a way with words and really draws out emotions from the reader. I was rooting for Nkiru the entire time. It wasn't simply life story, but also her change into a better, braver person. It was emotional and completely raw. Nothing was diverted or dodged. Ogo has an important, must-read novel to her name. This book will give you insight into another person's life and help you to realise just how lucky you are.
Overall: A must read. Intersting glimpse into history and its effects. Incredibly strong central character. Important.
My Advice: Buy yourself a copy. This is one of those books that I believe will have an affect on everyone.
Cover: I've grown to like the cover a lot. The colors are good, and the images describe the book well.
*This was read as a part of the 100+ Reading Challenge