Where Women Are Kingsby Christie Watson
Genres: Fiction, Literary
Published on April 28th 2015
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The story of a young boy who believes two things: that his Nigerian birth mother loves him like the world has never known love, and that he is a wizard Elijah, seven years old, is covered in scars and has a history of disruptive behavior. Taken away from his birth mother, a Nigerian immigrant in England, Elijah is moved from one foster parent to the next before finding a home with Nikki and her husband, Obi. Nikki believes that she and Obi are strong enough to accept Elijah's difficulties--and that being white will not affect her ability to raise a black son. They care deeply for Elijah and, in spite of his demons, he begins to settle into this loving family. But as Nikki and Obi learn more about their child's tragic past, they face challenges that threaten to rock the fragile peace they've established, challenges that could prove disastrous.
It is all Trish’s fault. It was a slow morning at work so I was on Twitter while waiting for patients when this happened.
Where Women Are Kings is a daily deal today–I need this book, right?? https://t.co/1zOlFHmKr5
— Trish (@TriniCapini) December 3, 2015
I vaguely remembered hearing about that book and so I clicked the link to read about it and then Amazon 1- Click happened and then I was 25% of the way through the book before the day got busy.
Trish is a bad influence.
This is the story of Elijah, a seven year old boy who was born to Nigerian immigrants in London.Â His father dies soon after his birth and his mother’s grief makes her unable to care for a baby.Â She takes him to a church to look for help being a mother but is told that the baby is possessed by a wizard who the pastor can get rid of if she brings him some money.Â This sets up years of abuse of both of them.
And we’re back to people misusing religion for their own gain and people being manipulated into believing it all – it seems like that’s a theme in the books I read.Â Alternatively, that may be the theme I pick up on because that fits my world view.
Elijah is being adopted after being removed from his mother’s care.Â His adoptive family is made up of a Nigerian man and an English woman who is white.Â They are not told all the details of what happened to him because his birth mother is under psychiatric care and revealing what she has said would violate her privacy.
Elijah thinks that he has a wizard inside him who makes him do bad things and makes the people around him have bad luck.Â Only his adoptive grandfather who is from Nigeria understands partially what he means.Â No one else has the cultural vocabulary to discuss this with him.Â Even though many of the caseworkers are of Nigerian ancestry they are English and don’t understand how real the wizard is to Elijah’s birth mother.
This is a short book that discusses some of the potential problems with transcultural adoption. It also highlights the joys involved too.
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Sounds like a very intriguing book! Thanks for the thoughful review :).
What a great way to discover a book! The transcultural adoption is a theme that interests me.
Ah, you and your friend Trish are bad for each other. And thatâ€™s good! I love reading books friends have recommended.
Confession–I rarely read a premise of a book before reading it (or even buying it…I just go off recommendation) but I did read what you wrote and I’m suddenly reminded of The Icarus Girl by Helen Oyeyemi–also about a child of Nigerian descent with a spirit within her. I’m glad I was such a good influence on you (bahahaha!) and hope to get to this one sooner rather than later!