The Private Joys of Nnenna Maloney

The Private Joys of Nnenna Maloney

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Paperback (03 Oct 2019) | English

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The Private Joys of Nnenna Maloney is a comic novel about Nnenna, a half-Nigerian teenager living in modern-day Manchester with her mother Joanie.

As Nnenna approaches womanhood she starts trying to connect with her Igbo-Nigerian culture. Her once close and tender relationship with her mother becomes strained as she asks probing questions about her father who she's never met and whom her mother who refuses to discuss.

Each chapter begins with a biblical quote which harks back to the beginning of Maurice and Joanie's relationship - meeting in a church group are in a café in Cambridge - but is really Nnenna's diary headings which she is trying to hide from her mother's prying eyes.
Nnenna is asking big questions of how to 'be' when she doesn't know who she is as Joanie wonders, how to truly love when she has never been loved?
Okechukwu Nzelu brings us a novel about two women, big questions and lots of laughter in a unique and distinctive new voice.

About the Publisher

Dialogue Books

Dialogue Books

Little, Brown is the literary hardback imprint that feeds into our Abacus paperback list. We publish across a wide range of areas, including fiction, history, memoir, science and travel, but within this diverse list the vast majority of books have in common a strong narrative and a distinctive voice.

Book information

ISBN: 9780349701042
Publisher: Little, Brown
Imprint: Dialogue Books
Pub date:
Edition: Export ed
DEWEY: 823.92
DEWEY edition: 23
Language: English
Number of pages: 240
Weight: 424g
Height: 154mm
Width: 232mm
Spine width: 23mm