One day in , at the height of the Biafran civil war, Ijeoma s father is killed and her world is transformed forever Separated from her grief stricken mother, she meets another young lost girl, Amina, and the two become inseparable Theirs is a relationship that will shake the foundations of Ijeoma s faith, test her resolve and flood her heartIn this masterful novel of faith, love and redemption, Okparanta takes us from Ijeoma s childhood in war torn Biafra, through the perils and pleasures of her blossoming sexuality, her wrong turns, and into the everyday sorrows and joys of marriage and motherhood As we journey with Ijeoma we are drawn to the question what is the value of love and what is the cost A triumphant love story written with beauty and delicacy, Under the Udala Tree is a hymn to those who ve lost and a prayer for a compassionate world It is a work of extraordinary beauty that will enrich your heart Although at first I found it hard to engage with shortly after I was not wanting to put the book down Very descriptive accounts that led you to believe you were actually present. I don t know if it was the subject matter coming of age story love story or whether it was the writer s approach to the story, but I didn t enjoy this as much as I was hoping. Enjoyed this book so much and so happy to read a contemporary novel about a queer West African character. This was a gift to a friend, do idea about it but she loved it I belong to a book club, so I had to read it I did not hate it, but Idid not love it as well I ve read it, and that s all I can say about it This reminds me a bit of Emecheta s work I found the first third or so a bit dragging, but it pulled together well. Nice book, it really refreshed my memory of life in Nigeria. This book details the story of Ijeoma, growing up during the Nigerian civil war, her relationships, her marriage and coming to terms with her sexuality.I really liked this book The author paints a picture of what it may have been like living in that time and how the character cannot be true to herself.Great piece of writing and extremely relevant in today s Nigeria with some of the harshest laws against LGBTQ in place. It was unusual among Nigerian stories about gay people that the protagonist got a happy ending after all the strife of their story arc I can appreciate that.