|Set in present-day Nigeria, Perfect Mother focuses on a turbulent week in the lives of a moneyed middle-class Lagos family. Ani Umoh, a successful businessman, lives happily with wife Celia and their three young daughters. The only thing missing from their lives is a son; and Ani’s mother, visiting from the village, stirs discord by agitating for Celia to provide an heir or step aside so that Ani can take a second wife.
Celia is more than a match for her mother-in-law. But an unexpected revelation drives Celia to desperate measures in order to restore harmony to her house¬hold… with tragic consequences.
Compelling and humorous, Perfect Mother is a richly emotional portrait of family life in modern Nigeria: where the city dwellers, though prosperous, cannot escape the traditional values and superstitions of the village…
PERFECT MOTHER was shortlisted for the Nigeria Prize for Literature and is included in the compendium of great works by African authors – MASTERPIECES OF AFRICAN LITERATURE. The American-based Kirkus Reviews compares it to the works of Shakespeare and Chimamanda Adichie.
Imbued with suspense and endless plot twists, PERFECT MOTHER is a fast-paced, delightful drama that will keep you engrossed from beginning to end.