Afam and Nkechi Emecheta have been married for over a decade. They are planning to go on holiday with their three sons when disaster strikes. Afam is killed in a road traffic accident throwing Nkechi into early widowhood and grief that she is unprepared for. Nkechi expects her husband’s family to share in her grief, but they are more interested in a share of his property- A Rude Awakening. The need to be strong and present for her children keeps her going. For twelve years, no member of the Emecheta family has reached out to Nkechi and the children. The only person she has a desire to talk to is her mother-in-law- Mama Omalicha. She reunites with the family reluctantly at Mama Omalicha's burial. Rude Awakening is a story about betrayal, forgiveness, friendship and love.
Grandpa Ernest visits Eze and his twin sister Ebele in Lagos. He has an eye operation, and even though Eze wants to help by putting eye drops in Grandpa’s eye, he is not allowed to. Ebele entertains Grandpa with her ballet dance and exercise moves. The twins enjoy the stories Grandpa tells them about their mummy’s childhood. Mummy wasn’t always good when she was a little girl. Like them, she had her naughty days too. Grandpa travels home after recovering a bit from his operation, and the twins miss him very much. An opportunity comes for Eze and Ebele to visit Grandpa in the village with their parents. They are excited and happy that they will see Grandpa and Grandma again. They love the experience of travelling by air to another state in Nigeria. They enjoy the sights and sounds of the trip. Eze and Ebele enjoy eating Grandma’s food. They think her food tastes better than their mummy’s cooking, but Mummy doesn’t mind them saying so.
Funke craved acceptance from her peers. She finally got it. She naively believed all she was told and taught about social life and being a big girl...that was till she got pregnant. Exiled from home and living under the close watch of her grandmother, can Funke summon the courage to complete her education while struggling to raise her son? Is this the end of the road for her dreams?
A family’s past is haunting its members in Shadows From the Past and it’s Ada’s responsibility to help her siblings overcome the consequences of their past experience of domestic violence before it destroys their present
Beyond the Trial is an award winning collection of three novellas - Shadows From the Past, Erased Reproach and Rude Awakening. The novellas celebrate the resilience and grit of their female protagonists - Ada, Funke, and Nkechi as they surmount challenges and forge new territories. Their trials (domestic violence, teenage pregnancy, and early widowhood) are, sadly, familiar to many, their response to them is a call to fortitude and strength of character to face life's punches because they will come. They always do.
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