Olukemi Amala

NOVEL

Under an Emerald Sky
Olukemi Amala

IN A SMALL TOWN IN THE UK, TWO BLACK, BABY GIRLS
ARE BORN FIVE MINUTES APART IN THE SAME HOSPITAL.
YEWANDE GROWS UP ABLE TO HEAR HER ANCESTORS’
VOICES WHICH HEIGHTENS HER AWARENESS AND
SENSIBILITIES
.

Her mother maintains strong roots in Nigeria’s Yoruba past and
maintains the values of their own people, rejecting the ‘followfollow’ attitudes of many local residents. Mary is rejected and abused by her mother from birth due to colourism but somehow survives hardship and suffering.

Her mother adopts a Westernised attitude to life and is a
devoted Evangelical Christian. We follow the girls as they grow
up to battle with negative social expectations as well as their
own personal demons. Each searches for inner resolution.


In this accomplished debut novel, Olukemi Amala explores the
overarching issues of power and oppression. Woven through
the narratives of Yewande and Mary are challenging, often
uncomfortable truths about race, oppression, identity, and self
worth.

Amala’s prose is colourful, powerful, often startling. The
dialogue within the families and the street talk rings with
complete conviction.

This is a big, important novel leavened with fun and studded
with episodes of astonishing beauty.

Review
A rare and compelling novel; Olukemi captures the vivid yet
ordinary lives of her characters. Her writing is lush and poetic,
conveying the richness of the land of her foremothers and
fathers alongside the realities of the legacy of colonialism and
imperialism. This remarkable book tells of the past, of present
adaptations, of old and new attitudes towards issues
of oppression and power.
Dr. Harbrinder Dhillon-Stevens

The Author
Olukemi Amala is a UK born Nigerian who lives in Scotland.

Like many black women, she experienced feelings of inferiority
growing up in the UK. She defines herself as a critical thinker
and writer who occupies a space on the margins of life,
watching with a curious eye. She has a degree in biology, a
diploma in social work, a masters degree in psychotherapy
and currently works as a psychotherapist in private practice.

Previous publications include:
Talking Black: Lesbians of African & Asian Descent Speak Out;
Cassell 1995.
  Under an Emerald Sky

Under an Emerald Sky can be purchased at: http://www.linen-press.com (£8.99 plus p/p) and at bookstores.

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