Published in London in 1966, Flora Nwapa's "Efuru" was the first novel by a female African author published internationally. The book’s heroine, Efuru, is smart, strong-willed, and extremely respected in her community; she has friends and protectors. She follows traditional behavior and even abides to the customary requirements of bride-wealth and female circumcision, as well as polygyny. After the loss of her only child, however, she suffers greatly and soon experieces more setbacks. She finds solace in the community's most venerated protector deity but slowly starts questioning this worship when she realises it can't bring back the people she has lost in her life.
Creation date: 2019-09-09