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The Family

3.94  ·  Rating Details ·  88 Ratings  ·  7 Reviews
The story of a young Jamaican girl, Gwendolen Brillianton, who is born into poverty and deserted by her parents when they emigrate to London. Being reunited with her parents and the siblings she has never met does not end her problems, and she realizes she must must fight her family and take control of her own life in order to recover from abuse and take pride in her self. ...more
Paperback, 240 pages
Published March 17th 1990 by George Braziller Inc. (first published January 1st 1990)
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Megan
Feb 04, 2008 Megan rated it it was amazing
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This is the 2nd book I've read by Emecheta, and both have been so good...somewhat heart-wrenching and also hopeful and resilient.
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Jan 02, 2009 J.l. rated it it was ok
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Jerelyn
Nov 27, 2011 Jerelyn rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Anyone who can handle its conflicts.
Recommended to Jerelyn by: Booker Prize List
I could relate to this book on so many levels - the secrets we keep. Also, I love reading about the Jamaican experience in London. What happened to Gwendolyn was beyond the Jamaican experience. It happens everywhere.
Elizabeth
Jul 02, 2008 Elizabeth rated it did not like it
This may be the worst book by Buchi Emecheta I've read so far. It was truly painful. The characters seemed improbable and illogical. The better title for this would have been 'The Disturbed Family'.
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Jennifer
Oct 15, 2014 Jennifer rated it it was ok
I enjoyed the beginning of this novel, almost quit reading it when I arrived at the middle and am glad I finished reading "The Family." It offers a unique perspective on life for this Jamaican family, and it made me think about my comfortable life.

I recommend it for anyone who's interested in immigration, culture and family dynamics.
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Dec 04, 2011 Sunnykimmy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book. I read it in middle school and while it was horrifying I also thought it was beautiful.
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Buchi Emecheta OBE (born 21 July 1944, in Lagos) is a Nigerian novelist who has published over 20 books, including Second-Class Citizen (1974), The Bride Price (1976), The Slave Girl (1977) and The Joys of Motherhood (1979). Her themes of child slavery, motherhood, female independence and freedom through education have won her considerable critical acclaim and honours, including an Order of the Br ...more
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