Friday, August 31
Book Review: Daughters Who Walk This Path
Author: Yejide Kilanko
Pages: EBook 240
Summary: Daughters Who Walk This Path depicts the dramatic coming of age of Morayo, a spirited and intelligent girl growing up in 1980s Ibadan who is thrust into a web of oppressive silence woven by the adults around her. It's a legacy of silence many women in Morayo's family share. Only Aunty Morenike—once protected by her own mother—provides Morayo with a safe home, and a sense of female community which sustains Morayo as she grows into a young woman in bustling, politically charged, often violent Nigeria.
My Rating: 8.75/10
What I liked/disliked about the book: This was an excellent, well written story, powerful at times with an excellent cast of characters who will leave an impression on you once you've finished the book.
The book does take a look at some heavy, emotional topics and the author covers them wonderfully. She takes the reader to the heart of it, and you can't help but gain an emotional attachment to the characters. It's horrifying what the women went through, and how their lives were shaped by it. Yet the author shows their growth and a creates a bond of friendship in the story which was beautifully written.
The characters were incredibly well done and make the book what it is. The author took care in writing them, creating some very fleshed out characters. Particularity when showing the emotional roller coaster the characters go through as they struggle to move forward, and how the events in their lives build and shape them. Morayo was an incredibly well written character, where the author took her time to fully develop her and her story even with relationships with the other characters were well written, detailed and fully developed. The relationship between her and her Aunt Morenike was one relationship that was very memorable.
Overall it was an incredible book, highly recommend it.
Would I recommend it to read: I would, it was an incredible book, which I had hope to see on this year's Giller Long list.
What to read next: The Color Purple and Purple Hibiscus
Challenges: 12 in 12 Challenge, 100+ Challenge, Canadian Book Challenge VI, New Author Challenge