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First Love: A Cryptic Snapshot Into an Abusive Relationship

“Considering one’s life requires a horribly delicate determination, doesn’t it? To get to the truth, to the heart of the trouble.” First Love is an often cryptic snapshot into the everyday reality of an abusive relationship.  The novel, which has been shortlisted for the Bailey’s Women’s Prize for Fiction, is Gwendoline Riley’s fifth book. Protagonist… Continue reading First Love: A Cryptic Snapshot Into an Abusive Relationship

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The Power: What Happens When Women Rule the World?

TW: for mentions of sexual violence Given the stereotype that women are biologically more compassionate, sensitive, and emotional, the answer to the question ‘what if women ruled the word?’ usually gets clouded with these stereotypical ideas of womanhood. Probably the most popular piece of literature that examines the idea of female leadership is Charlotte Perkin… Continue reading The Power: What Happens When Women Rule the World?

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Stay With Me: What is Motherhood Worth?

Ayobami Adebayo’s Stay With Me follows the story of Yejide, a young hairdresser and wife in Nigeria, and her struggles to conceive a child.  When, to rectify the situation, her in-laws come to Yejide’s home one day with a new wife for her husband, Akin, her grief and anger reach new bounds. She thinks that… Continue reading Stay With Me: What is Motherhood Worth?