3 out of 4 stars
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Lost in a Wild Sea, written by Ebehi Igho Imonlega, is a book classified as other fiction. It revolves around Lydia Ehigiator, a Nigerian woman who struggles with difficulties in getting pregnant. She also faces marital challenges, as her husband Ekogiawe becomes increasingly distant. After eight years of unsuccessful attempts, Ekogiawe felt overwhelmed and had taken solace in the arms of other women.
At the beginning of the book, we learn that the protagonist is living separated from her husband. Lydia has been raising her younger sister’s daughter since the girl was born. But Salome, the birth mother, suddenly claims that she now wants to raise the little girl, a five-year-old named Radiance. Salome takes the child away, leaving Lydia heartbroken. In the wake of this event, a devasted Lydia decides to fake a pregnancy. This uncanny decision leads to surprising and unexpected plot twists, but no spoilers are allowed!
What I liked the most about the book was that it offered an eye-opening look into the world of infertility and its potential consequences in a woman’s life. My heart went out to Lydia as she succumbed to moments of sorrow and self-pity; she felt like a failure. The author does a great job of portraying the protagonist’s feelings. I also enjoyed the development of Helen, Lydia’s rich and annoying friend. I thought she was a nuanced character, almost an antagonist, who added to the story.
I also appreciated the description of Nigerian culture and traditions, for I like learning about different cultural perspectives. The author gives readers a taste of life in Nigeria, including geographical, political, and social aspects. For instance, there’s an episode in which, after the national elections, insurgents take to the streets, and Lydia has to spend twelve days hiding in a university campus with a few neighbors. They barely make it, managing to eat whatever they can get their hands on. When they finally go back, the city has suffered extensive damages, and a few acquaintances got killed during the process.
In closing, I rate Lost in a Wild Sea 3 out of 4 stars. Unfortunately, this version of the book needs another round of editing, which is the only noteworthy negative aspect. There are spelling and grammatical errors that necessitate the deduction of a star. Overall, though, I thought this was a good read. I believe it will appeal to readers who face similar situations, especially childless women or those with difficulties bearing children. If you have an interest in Nigeria, you should also consider taking a look at this book.
Lost in a Wild Sea
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