"A good mother always stays and fights"
When Titilope Ojo left Nigeria for the United States over a decade ago, her mother told her that a good mother does not run from her child’s home; she always stays and fights. Those words remained fresh in her mind as events unfold in her marriage. Her husband, Tomide, is a handsome and charismatic man who she is afraid of. She spends each day anticipating his moods and lives in fear of offending him. She takes great care to try and love him just the way he wants, but worries that nothing she does will ever be enough.
As her life continues to spiral out of control, Titilope finds herself alone at a crossroads where she must choose between duty and survival.
In Chasing Butterflies, Yejide Kilanko creates a detailed and moving portrait of a difficult and harrowing marriage. She uses crystal clear prose to demonstrate the points of view of both parties and the little child caught in the crossfire of parents who are struggling to be heard and appreciated in their partnership.
We will be posting excerpts from Chasing Butterflies and our other upcoming novel, The Last Wedding Anniversary by Abimbola Dare, every Thursday in the month of February, so stay tuned!
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