Born of Ibo parents in Nigeria, Buchi Emecheta is widely known for her multilayered stories of black women struggling to maintain their identity and construct viable lives for themselves and their families. She writes, according to The New York Times, with “subtlety, power, and abundant compassion.” Her numerous novels include The Slave Girl, The Family, Bride Price, and The Joys of Motherhood.

The Family
by Buchi Emecheta

Paperback, 240 Pages

ISBN 978-0-8076-1250-7

Born into poverty in Jamaica, deserted when her parents emigrate, and raped by an “uncle” at age nine, Gwendolen Brillianton is happy to be summoned to London to care for the siblings she has never met but being with her family does not solve her problems, or theirs.
Not until she has again been the victim of rape and has left home does Gwendolen begin to understand that she must take control of her own life.
Widely know and respected for her stories of black women struggling with the conflicting demands of tradition and modernity, Buchi Emecheta has written a painfully engrossing tale of bravery in the face of familial disintegration.


Praise for Buchi emecheta

“Ms. Emecheta’s prose has a shimmer of originality, of English being reinvented.... Issues of survival lie inherent in her material and give her tales weight.”
—John Updike, The New Yorker