Let me tell you a story. It’s about a war. This war is not the type fought with
guns and machetes. It is a family type. A silent war. The type fought in the
heart. It began long before I was formed.
Udonwa’s family is at war – a war of relationships, played out under the tyranny of a monster dad. Age twelve, Udonwa has a peculiar love of her father, Reverend Leonard Ilechukwu, who favours her but beats his wife and his other children. She sees his good side: after all, he pays the school fees in advance, and tells her that she, named ‘the peaceful child’, is the one most likely to become a doctor in the family.
But luck doesn’t last forever. When her newly married eldest sister suddenly
takes her from their family compound in Iruama, Nigeria, to live with her in Awka, Udonwa experiences violence first-hand.
Years later, while home on holiday from the University of Lagos, she overhears a secret that shakes her life to the core and shatters the dynamics of her family. No longer the person she thought she was, Udonwa launches into a period of extreme change, and parts of her life spiral into chaos. Later, more pieces of the sinister picture emerge, and the young woman finds herself torn between her love for her father and an underlying need to free herself.
This vivid family saga is engrossing, deeply unsettling and finally uplifting.