Daughters Who Walk This Path: A Novel

Daughters Who Walk This Path A Novel SPIRITED AND INTELLIGENT MORAYO grows up surrounded by school friends and family in busy modern day Ibadan An adoring little sister their traditional parents and a host of aunties and cousins make

  • Title: Daughters Who Walk This Path: A Novel
  • Author: Yejide Kilanko
  • ISBN: 9780143186434
  • Page: 114
  • Format: Paperback
  • SPIRITED AND INTELLIGENT, MORAYO grows up surrounded by school friends and family in busy, modern day Ibadan An adoring little sister, their traditional parents, and a host of aunties and cousins make Morayo s home their own So there s nothing unusual about her charming but troubled cousin Bros T moving in with the family At first Morayo and her sister are delighted, buSPIRITED AND INTELLIGENT, MORAYO grows up surrounded by school friends and family in busy, modern day Ibadan An adoring little sister, their traditional parents, and a host of aunties and cousins make Morayo s home their own So there s nothing unusual about her charming but troubled cousin Bros T moving in with the family At first Morayo and her sister are delighted, but in her innocence, nothing prepares Morayo for the shameful secret Bros T forces upon her.Thrust into a web of oppressive silence woven by the adults around her, Morayo must learn to protect herself and her sister from a legacy of silence shared by the women in her family Only her Aunt Morenike provides Morayo with a safe home and a sense of female community that sustains her as she develops into a young woman in bustling, politically charged, often violent Nigeria.

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    • Yejide Kilanko

      Yejide Kilanko was born in Ibadan, a sprawling university city in south western Nigeria She read just about anything she could lay her hands on and that love for reading led her to poetry writing when she was twelve It was the best way she made sense of the long, angst filled teenage and young adult years that followed After a big, loud, African wedding, she joined her husband in Maryland, USA For a decade she stayed home to raise their three children, moved to Canada and went back to school to become a social worker.Yejide started writing her debut novel, Daughters Who Walk This Path, in 2009 and it was published in Canada 2012 and in the USA 2013 Prior to 2009, she didn t think she could write a novel, so she s living proof that life can bring new dreams when least expected.Yejide currently lives in Chatham, Ontario, where she s working hard on her next book.

    221 thoughts on “Daughters Who Walk This Path: A Novel

    • DAUGHTERS WHO WALK THIS PATH is a debut novel for Yejide Kilanko and she is going straight onto my ‘must buy immediately she produces a new book’ list. The problem is - when you read a book that so profoundly moves you and drags you into the story, immerses you completely and doesn’t let you go until the very last page – you know you are not going to be able to do justice to it in a review. DAUGHTERS WHO WALK THIS PATH follows Morayo from her early childhood, through her teenage years an [...]

    • this is an incredibly strong debut novel from a very talented writer! i found kilanko's style beautiful, and though she is dealing with some very difficult, heartbreaking subjects, i was left feeling hopeful at the end. i even had my eyes well up with tears twice in the last part of the story - something that is a fairly rare occurrence for me when i read. (kilanko is not sappy or sentimental, though.)i think what is so powerful about this novel is the idea that, while the events are specific to [...]

    • Discussion of rape follows.I really enjoyed the fact that this is a novel that is very heavily concerned with female characters and intense familial bonds between them. I was more ambivalent about the novel's portrayal of rape and response to it. On the one hand, the female characters are by and large depicted as having immense and strengthening solidarity around this issue, but on the other there is no suggestion by the characters or the narrative that men could or ought to be expected to show [...]

    • In her debut novel, Daughters who walk this path, Yejide Kilanko tells the story of Morayo, a young woman with a burden to bear that, when life seem to fall apart for her in her teens, feels almost too heavy for her young body and too hurtful for her gentle soul. Growing up in a busy extended family in Ibadan, Nigeria, she is surrounded by caring parents and loving aunties. At the age of five, her baby sister enters her life: she is an "afin", an albino, and, as in many African traditional socie [...]

    • My rating is actually 4.5/5I found myself unable to put down Daughters Who Walk This Path by Yejide Kilanko; so compelling was the story, with rich characters, multifaceted storylines, and exceptional detail and care given to the very deep and emotional topics covered in this book. While I do not intend to give anything away, however I must warn that Daughter Who Walk This Path deals with such issues as rape and incest. Kilanko delves into these topics without overpowering the reader, yet allowi [...]

    • Contemporary Nigeria, trying to survive and thrive in a patriarchal society, Morayo and her younger sister are girls who live with their family in a middle class existence. Although dictators come and go very little political information is relayed in this book, though missing girls and burnt buses are occasionally mentioned. The author's focus is more on the changing faces and societal issues of this country. As always when reading a novel about a country I am unfamiliar with I am amazed that r [...]

    • Yejide Kilanko has used her storytelling abilities to tell overlapping coming-of-age stories and break the silence around cultural traditions and superstitions regarding albinism, gender roles, sexual molestation, and inter-tribal marriage in Nigeria between the years 1982 and 2007. Her writing style is deceptively simple, and while some characters role model ways to have difficult conversations, it doesn't feel contrived. I particularly loved the solidarity amongst girls and women in this story [...]

    • Daughters who walk this Path paints the picture of women in Nigeria and who could be women anywhere. The characters are fully realized and are people anyone might recognize or identify with, and this means that the book is all the more moving and compelling. My only issue with the book was that it seemed to want to write everything about Nigeria and the cultures in one book that already has its remit defined. The foray into elections and the political machinery was unnecessary as was the introdu [...]

    • Title: Daughters Who Walk This PathAuthor: Yejide KilankoPublisher: Penguin CanadaReviewed By: Arlena DeanRating: 4.5Review:"Daughters Who Walk This Path" by Yejide Kilanko"Spirited and intelligent, Morayo grows up surrounded by school friends and family in busy, modern-day Ibadan, Nigeria. An adoring little sister, their traditional parents, and a host of aunties and cousins make Morayo's home their own. So there's nothing unusual about her charming but troubled cousin Bros T moving in with the [...]

    • 3.5/5I read this in a single day riding the subways of Seoul, so I give the author credit for writing a very readable story - it drew me in, and made me care about the characters immediately. I loved the strength of female bonds in this novel, and I also loved how the author wrote Morayo's process of grief and self healing to be long and contain mistakes and regressions, and that she could come out strong and have self love. She didn't cheapen or trivialize the ordeal and I appreciate it. I woul [...]

    • Although both plot and characters are written with very little embellishment, Kilanko is a very effective storyteller. However, there are some puzzling gaps in her narrative. She makes sure we know that it is a big deal that Morayo, the main character, must go far from home, to a different state on the other side of the Niger River, for the training for her National Youth Service Corps year. The distance heightens the element of surprise when she meets Kachi, her teenage beau, at the training si [...]

    • This is the story of an aunt who perceives that her niece has suffered sexual abuse at the hands of her brother, and, because as a young woman, she too had experienced similar abuse, is able to offer a safe harbour to the niece in a way that her mother nor any other person in her family could. The story takes place in Africa and moves at a slower pace than a novel set in the USA might be. It is a story of family, disobedience and obedience, of secrets held and truths denied. The pace, the charac [...]

    • I really enjoyed reading this book. It's a beautiful story about a young girl growing into a beautiful young woman. It highlights all the feelings and changes she goes through but cannot discuss with her elders. There's only other person who understands her and gives her the courage to go on with her life when something awful happens to her.

    • A story of a girl who finds herself and comes of age in a society that considers her a second class citizen and the stark realities of life. The themes of the book are very powerful. Feminism, sexual abuse, and many more makes me weep for the child that got her innocence wrenched from her. This book will make you cry as you follow the journey from childhood to adulthood.

    • Fabulous read! (Not at all because I am biased) This novel is an inspiration for women globally to support each other, find their voices and soldier on when life inevitably gets tough. What more can we want for our daughters? Lovely. Absolutely wonderful work Yejide Kilnko. You are a craftswoman who has my vote for the Giller Prize.

    • Story Description:Penguin Group Canada| April 10, 2012| Trade Paperback| ISBN 978-0-14-318611-3Spirited and intelligent Morayo grows up surrounded by school friends and family in busy modern-day Ibadan, Nigeria. An adoring little sister, their traditional parents, and a host of aunties and cousins make Morayo’s home their own. So there’s nothing unusual about her charming but troubled cousin Bros T moving in with the family. At first Morayo and her sister are delighted but in her innocence, [...]

    • This book. I want it to be my best friend. No, my child. I want to hold it and rock it gently. I want to cuddle it. I want it to never leave my bag. I want to be flipping pages and caressing them; re-reading the chapters slowly. I want to get lost in each and every woman in the book. And when it makes me sad and cry all over again, I want to feel so deeply and immerse myself in those emotions. A story of a lineage of women, of coming of age and of intense familial bonds. Women holding on to deep [...]

    • 4 1/2 stars - I was transported, to Nigeria, to childhood and to despair. Although the subject matter is dark, Kilanko tells this tale well. I was moved by the strength of Morayo and her family (that is not to say that I agree with how the situation was handled). It's so easy for readers to be critical of the fact that this is a "typical" tale of rape, innocence lost, disbelief, disillusionment and consequence. What we forget is that rape is a crisis that is global, has no definitive victim and [...]

    • "Truth arrives at the market but finds no buyerIt is with ready cash that people pay for lies"To think that I almost didn't buy this book at the Big Bad Wolf!!! Amazing book, so eloquently written. Made me cry and laugh at the same time experiencing what each character who's lives have been interconnected by one truth felt at each and every point. Loved it! A must read!

    • AMAZING! From the family dynamics, cultural expectations and traditions and the many roles (and personalities) of the women throughout, this novel engaged me from the beginning to the end. My only gripe is that I did not discover it sooner. Well done!

    • It was a strong debut novel for Yejide. I felt connected with the characters, I could feel their emotions. I shared with their excitement and cried in the grief. It is a fast page turner. Kudos to Kilanko.

    • The principal character of this novel is Morayo, a young Yoruba girl leaving in Ibadan, Nigeria with her family. The book started with the birth of Morayo’s younger sister Eniayo. From that point on, we go through all the stages of Morayo’s life. Her growing up with her immediate and extended family, her school and University years and finally her life in the working place. Now you may think that there is nothing special about this story. It all sounds like a normal story. Think again.First [...]

    • This book takes us through the coming of age of Morayo. We meet her at the age of five, when her sister is born; then we are taken on a journey through what should have been an idyllic childhood for a young girl in Nigeria. But like my dear friend “Dead Pool” says “Life is an endless series of train wrecks with only brief commercial like breaks of happiness”.Morayo’s “train wreck” comes in the form of her cousin “Bros T”, a juvenile delinquent who is brought to live with her fa [...]

    • I cannot remember any clear warning signs. I did not stub my left big toe that week. Neither did I hear the owl hoot in the night among the trees. (64)Morayo grows up in Ibadan with her parents and younger sister, Eniayo. Her family is not wealthy, but they are comfortable, and the extended family is a large web, ready to catch one another as necessary.Enter Bros T. Bros T -- Tayo -- is Morayo's cousin, the spoiled older boy Morayo and her sister adore. When he comes to stay with them, though, M [...]

    • " despite what you and I have been through, we can still give thanks. My life was not in vain. Yours will not be." -- Aunty Morenike, "Daughters Who Walk This Path""Success is not measured in the heights one attains, but by the obstacles one overcomes in its attainment." -- Booker T. Washington"Daughters Who Walk This Path" had the potential to be great. It had a difficult, but intriguing themes -- rape(Morenike & Morayo), albinism (Eniayo), racial prejudice (Morayo's father's anti-Igbo sent [...]

    • Reviewed by: Cassietta Jefferson, Independent Book Reviewer for PWICU ReviewsI don’t know about you, but I love little more than a good novel. I look forward to curling up in a cozy chair with a delicious cup of tea and losing myself for hours. However, when I received daughters who walk this path, I wasn’t sure how much I was looking forward to it. You see, it came with a warning: This book is more than 300 pages. I have to admit, initially I was slightly intimidated by that, but once I rea [...]

    • Many thanks to Pintail Books for giving me the chance to read and review this from the First Reads program.Daughters Who Walk This Path is a debut coming-of-age novel set in Nigeria. The book grabbed my attention right away when the main character's (Morayo) little sister (Eniayo) was born as an albino. I really enjoyed the interactions not just between these two sisters, but also between their parents, friends, and other family members. Morayo's aunt Morenike also becomes a very important char [...]

    • Morayo wächst gemeinsam mit ihrer kleinen Schwester recht behütet in der nigerianischen Großstadt Ibadan auf. Der familiäre Zusammenhalt ist sehr wichtig: Man feiert Feste gemeinsam, trauert zusammen um verstorbene Verwandte und hilft einander im Alltag, wo es nur geht.So wird auch der 18jährige Cousin Bros T in die Familie aufgenommen, als er Probleme mit seiner Mutter hat. Bros T hat eine machohaft-große Klappe und ist sehr von sich überzeugt. Eines Abends bedrängt er Morayo, als ihre [...]

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