Review; Bitter Leafing Woman by Karen King-Aribisala

Last year, I ended up reading the short story collection Bitter Leafing Woman by Karen King-Aribisala and today I'll post my review.

Description from Amazon
Set in Nigeria, Bitter Leafing Woman relates the experiences of Woman as she chews the bitter leaves of patriarchal oppression in a bid to transform them into gender balanced sweetness. Here Woman becomes a symbol of the oppressed; of women and men alike. The style of writing ranges from plain prose as in The Edi Kai Ikong War, magical realism as in World of the Fat/Thin House, the social satire of The Bone Eater, the densely poetic and symbolic Broken Plate and the biblical imbued style of Bitter Leafing Woman who finding herself drowning in the soup of gender oppression for forty years attempts to murder her Deacon fiancé.
In this collection we become involved with serious issues of conflicts, which nevertheless we try to treat with sardonic humour and insight.

My Thoughts on the Book
It's a well-written short story collection with a few thought-provoking pieces. The short stories themselves are varied, but that's part of what makes them interesting and I wish more people knew of this collection.


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