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Night Dancer by Chika Unigwe

Night Dancer (original 2011; edition 2012)

by Chika Unigwe

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Title:Night Dancer
Authors:Chika Unigwe
Info:Jonathan Cape (2012), Paperback, 272 pages
Collections:Your library, Read but No Longer Own
Tags:fiction, Belgian authors, Nigerian authors, African authors, read no longer own

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Night Dancer by Chika Unigwe (2011)


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This novel is one of self-discovery, of feminism, of coming into one's own, and yet also very much a story of daughters and mothers. Our introduction to Mma, a young, educated Nigerian woman, is just after her mother's death when she is struggling with her feelings towards her. She really resented her mother and the sources of her resentment are a bit of mystery to the reader. Mma was brought up without a father and her single mother (very unusual in Nigeria) worked as a night dancer to support them in a reasonably comfortable lifestyle. Mma's resentment is off-putting, and to the reader it feels unjust. Slowly the book becomes one of discovery, as Mma reluctantly begins to learn about her mother and her mother's past, and discovers the family left behind.

While this novel doesn't pack the punch of Unigwe's first novel, [On Black Sisters' Street], it still is a very good read. Both of Unigwe's novels are about the lives of women, and her stories are not overly complex. She is excellent at connecting readers with her characters (despite the fact that Mma is hard to like at the beginning of this book). The feminist aspect of this story is of a mother who made choices that bucked tradition. Readers of Adichie and other authors of the Nigerian diaspora will find Unigwe a welcome addition to their reading. ( )
1 vote avaland | Jan 13, 2013 |
"A lovely feminist novel coming out of Nigeria,Night Dancer is a complex novel about the relationships between mother and daughter, tradition and modernity, and conformity and non conformity."
read more at: http://likeiamfeasting.blogspot.co.uk/2012/09/night-dancer.html ( )
  mongoosenamedt | Sep 18, 2012 |
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Mma has just buried her mother, and now she is alone. She has been left everything: an apartment block in the Nigerian town of Enugu and enough money to last a lifetime. But she's also inherited her mother's bad name.

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