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Bitter Leafing Woman

by Karen King-Aribisala

Set in Nigeria, Bitter Leafing Woman relates the experiences of Woman as she chews the bitter leaves of patriarchal oppression in a bid to transform them into gender balanced sweetness. Here Woman becomes a symbol of the oppressed; of women and men alike. The style of writing ranges from plain prose as in The Edi Kai Ikong War, magical realism as in World of the Fat/Thin House, the social satire of The Bone Eater,  the densely poetic and symbolic Broken Plate and the biblical imbued style of Bitter Leafing Woman who finding herself drowning in the soup of gender oppression for forty years attempts to murder her Deacon fiancĂ©.

In this collection we become involved with serious issues of conflicts, which nevertheless we try to treat with sardonic humour and insight.

ISBN 9789789597208 | 206 pages | 229 x 152mm | 2017 | Malthouse Press, Nigeria | Paperback




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