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Shelf Interest: "We Were Girls Once" book chat - Members Only

A space to discuss and dissect "We Were Girls Once" by Aiwanose Odafen.

Shelf Interest: "We Were Girls Once" book chat - Members Only
Shelf Interest: "We Were Girls Once" book chat - Members Only

Time & Location

03 Aug 2024, 10:00 – 11:30

Zoom

About the event

Join us to for our virtual discussion of "We Were Girls Once" by Aiwanose Odafen.

About the book:

Ego, Zina and Eriife were always destined to be best friends, ever since their grandmothers sat next to each other on a dusty bus to Lagos in the late 1940s, forging a bond that would last generations. But over half a century later, Nigeria is a new and modern country. As the three young women navigate the incessant strikes and political turmoil that surrounds them, their connection is shattered by a terrible assault. In the aftermath, nothing will remain the same as life takes them down separate paths. For Ego, now a high-powered London lawyer, success can’t mask her loneliness and feelings of being an outsider. Desperate to feel connected to Nigeria, she escapes into a secret life online. Zina’s ambition is to be anyone but herself; acting proves the ultimate catharsis, but it comes at the cost of her family. And Eriife surprises everyone by morphing from a practising doctor to a ruthless politician’s perfect wife. When Ego returns home, the three women’s lives become entwined once more, as Nigeria’s political landscape fractures. Their shared past will always connect them, but can they – and their country – overcome it?

About the author:

Aiwanose Odafen spent a better part of her life wanting to become an economist, an accountant, then an entrepreneur before she discovered her love for writing. She has contributed to published non-fiction works and participated in Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie's Purple Hibiscus Trust Writing Workshop. She was longlisted for the 2020 Commonwealth Writers Short Story Prize and holds a postgraduate degree from the University of Oxford. When she's not writing, she's cheering for Manchester United or watching dramas.

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Tickets

  • Members Ticket

    Shelf Interest Book Club Members log in to get this ticket for free or use the discount code emailed to you.

    £7.00

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