Who Fears Death by Nnedi Okorafor

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...Okorator was so deft that she blended the threads at the end, much as one does at the end weave of a beautiful carpet, and unifies the lines into a profound and profoundly simple and beautiful ending...Damn, what a great book. I cannot recommend it enough. Read it. Read it. Read it.
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International award-winning Nnedi Okorafor enters the world of magical realist literature with a powerful story of genocide in the far future and the woman who reshapes her world.

In a post-apocalyptic Africa, the world has changed in many ways, yet in one region genocide between tribes still bloodies the land. A woman who has survived the annihilation of her village and a terrible rape by an enemy general wanders into the desert hoping to die. Instead, she gives birth to an angry baby girl with hair and skin the color of sand. Gripped by the certainty that her daughter is different--special--she names her Onyesonwu, which means "Who fears death?" in an ancient language. It doesn't take long for Onye to understand that she is physically and socially marked by the circumstances of her violent conception.

She is Ewu--a child of rape who is expected to live a life of violence, a half-breed rejected by both tribes. But Onye is not the average Ewu. Even as a child, she manifests the beginnings of a remarkable and unique magic. As she grows, so do her abilities, and during an inadvertent visit to the spirit realm she learns something terrifying: Someone powerful is trying to kill her.

Desperate to elude her would-be murderer and to understand her own nature, she embarks on a journey in which she grapples with nature, tradition, history, true love, and the spiritual mysteries of her culture, and ultimately teaches her why she was given the name she bears: Who Fears Death.
 

About Nnedi Okorafor

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NnediĀ Okorafor was born in the United States to two Nigerian immigrant parents. She holds a Ph.D. in English and is a professor at Chicago State University. She has been the winner of and finalist for many awards.
 
Published June 7, 2011 by DAW. 396 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Literature & Fiction, History. Fiction
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Reviewed by Michael Jones on Jan 20 2014

...Okorator was so deft that she blended the threads at the end, much as one does at the end weave of a beautiful carpet, and unifies the lines into a profound and profoundly simple and beautiful ending...Damn, what a great book. I cannot recommend it enough. Read it. Read it. Read it.

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