An Unusual Grief
by Yewande Omotoso
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Pub Date 12 Oct 2021 | Archive Date 13 Sep 2021
Cassava Republic, Cassava Republic Press
How do you get to know your daughter when she is dead?
This is the question which takes a mother on a journey of self-discovery. When her daughter Yinka dies, Mojisola is finally forced to stop running away from the difficulties in their relationship, and also come to terms with Yinka the woman.
Mojisola's grief leads her on a journey of self-discovery, as she moves into her daughter's apartment and begins to unearth the life Yinka had built for herself there, away from her family. Through stepping into Yinka's shoes, Mojisola comes to a better understanding not only of her estranged daughter, but also herself, as she learns to carve a place for herself in the world beyond the labels of wife and mother.
A bold and unflinching tale of one women's unconventional approach to life and loss.
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Average rating from 8 members
An Unusual Grief follows Moji, a middle-aged woman, whose adult daughter Yinka has died at the age of 24. The story follows Moji trying to unravel her daughter’s final days, partly to try and discover why she died, and partly to reconnect with the daughter she felt she no longer knew. The character of Moji is a warm, engaging woman who lost her way as an adult; she gave up her career ambitions thanks to her husband’s and the general misogyny of the era. She lost the relationship with her daughter thanks to a passing comment and a moment of lost conversation. Through her search for her daughter’s life, she meets a curmudgeonly landlady, an Afrikaans carpenter, and a Nigerian businessman who emphasises her disconnect from her own history when she cannot recall the Yoruba he charms her with. Moji is relatable, and the way in which she is unmoored feels like something we can all relate to. I would thoroughly recommend this book to anyone who has ever felt lost, though I don’t think you need to be as adrift as Moji to appreciate the sense of disconnect from her ambitions, hopes, and love.