A feminist literary classic by one of Africa’s greatest women writers.
First published in 1979, The Joys of Motherhood tells the moving story of Nnu Ego, a West African woman devoted to her children, giving them all her life - with the result that she finds herself friendless and alone in middle age. The Joys of Motherhood is a powerful commentary on polygamy, patriarchy and women's changing roles in urban Nigeria. The fourth novel from the Nigerian-born writer, Buchi Emecheta, is recognised as one of Africa's 100 Best Books of the 20th Century in an initiative organised by the Zimbabwe International Book Fair. This edition includes an introduction by Dr. Elleke Boehmer, Professor of World Literature in English at Oxford University.