Okadabooks for the week: A crown of Beauty
by Tessa Doghor
November 10, 2017 | 8:06 pm| | | Start Conversation
With the year coming to an end, authors are working hard to ensure that their best books are ready for you, the reader. Want to check out one or more of these new titles but don’t want to get lost in the crowd of new books? We’ve curated two fantastic titles you could read this weekend.
“A Crown of Beauty” by Lauretta Ani
“A Crown Of Beauty“ tells the story of Adaeze, a lady born to middle-class parents. She enjoys a pretty normal childhood until her father dies, and she is unfortunately raped by her uncle. From there, she endures a strained relationship with her mother, goes through a crisis of faith, and generally encounters difficulty in processing her emotions.
The book, just a little over 120 pages long, highlights a number of themes, including friendship, love, the relevance of the family unit, religion and sexual abuse with the accompanying psychological trauma occasioned thereby. It also dwells on the culture of silence on the part of abuse victims, religious values in dating, the damaging effect of past sexual assault on future romance, trust issues, and sexual compatibility in marriage.
The book is about rising from the ashes, learning to love again, forgiving, letting go, moving on from the past and conquering shame. Feminists and a few other progressives would have reservations about the heavy emphasis on marriage, but they would nod at the author’s attempt to stress on openness about sexuality and unwanted physical contact.
“Prisoner of Love”’ by Qudus Oko- Osi
“Prisoner of Love” tells of a seemingly unquenchable love between Rachael and Tomiwa. From their first meeting, feelings blossom when they realize that they have a lot in common. Love catches up with them in subsequent months and plans for a wedding are in the works when various obstacles crop up and cause them reevaluate their love.
Rachael and Tomiwa’s AS genotype is one of the problems that threaten their relationship. The book’s evaluation of the implications of such a union helps ensure society is educated about the importance of biological compatibility in the selection of a mate.
This book is perfect for those who like mushy type tales reminiscent of Indian love movies. With its twists and turns, nothing is ever as it seems.
Till next week.
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