Buchi Emecheta "The Bride Price"

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Buchi Emecheta "The Bride Price"

Buchi Emecheta "The Bride Price"


Buchi Emecheta

When her father dies, Aku-nna and her young brother have no one to look after them. They are welcomed by their uncle because of Aku-nna's ‘bride price’ - the money that her future husband will pay for her.

In her new, strange home one man is kind to her and teaches her to become a woman. Soon they are in love, although everyone says he is not a suitable husband for her. I he more the world tries to separate them, the more they are drawn together - until, finally, something has to break.


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