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Love's Affliction

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Joseph Fafa of Nigeria has high hopes when he begins his premed studies at a North Carolina College. But his love for the beautiful and talented daughter of a prestigious Southern family threatens to destroy his dreams of becoming a doctor. Will he escape the power of an irate father and hold onto his youthful love, a flare of illumination sparked amidst the clash between ...more
Paperback, 274 pages
Published March 17th 2015 by Harvard Square Editions
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Nancy Steinle gummel
Love's Affliction by Fidelis O. Mkparu is a first reads win and I am giving my honest opinion. Joseph Gaffs from Nigeria comes to the US for an education. He was very confused trying to register for classes. He meets Wendy Crane, heir of the Crane tobacco empire. Her father is a narrow minded bigot. Shes in premed like him and have many of the same classes.Mrs Crane likes Joseph but her father hates him and he orders Joseph to stay away from his daughter. The first summer break she went off to F ...more
Deborah Thomas
Nov 15, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Love’s Affliction by author, Fidelis O. Mkparu is a compelling, exceptionally written romance novel demonstrating the impact of cultural differences, racial prejudices and institutional racism on the forbidden interracial relationship and the academic journey of young, Joseph Fafa, a Nigerian immigrant who attempts to assimilate in a small college town in North Carolina during the late to mid-1970s.’

The author’s descriptive passages reveals extraordinary creativity and imagery which brings life
Ella Elkildani
Oct 20, 2014 rated it it was amazing
What a brilliant, refreshing, gut wrenching and inspirational approach Fidelis O. MkParu takes in Love's Affliction. Love's Affliction keeps you captivated from beginning to end. Fidelis O. MkParu uses vocabulary in the most effective and seductive way, that leaves much to the imagination. This novel is intense and filled with raw emotions, emotions that invoke anger, sadness, and happiness.
Reader Views
Jan 22, 2016 rated it it was amazing

Fidelis O. Mkparu
Harvard Square Editions (2015)
ISBN 9781941861004
Reviewed by Nicollette Violante for Reader Views (01/16)

“Love’s Affliction” by Fidelis O. Mkparu, tells the story of a young Nigerian man, Joseph Fafa, who goes to North Carolina for his pre-med studies. While there, he falls in love with the beautiful and talented Wendy Crane, who happens to be the daughter of one of the wealthiest and most powerful Southern family in North Carolina. Set in the mid 1970s, when int
Oct 23, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Get ready to be whisked back to the late seventies in the life of a Nigerian student, Joseph Fafa, as he tries to achieve his personal goal of becoming a doctor. The life of Joseph, since coming to the U.S. had not been easy, many would think his academics the biggest hurdle but that was not so. The true challenges for this young student were social acceptance, racial bias, intertwined with romance.
Being in a place with few friends and his family far away, leaving him in a vulnerable state, he
Lori Hand
Oct 23, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Love's Affliction is an extraordinary love story. Joseph and Wendy's forbidden love affair is an amazing journey that I felt emotionally connected to. The book is realistic fiction that explores racial and family relationships. The writer makes you feel as though the love they shared has changed the characters forever. I highly recommend this book.
Feb 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Wonderfully written "story".
Every high school junior, senior and college student should be required to read this beautifully written book.
We all can learn about ourselves and others from this read.
Consuelo Murgia
Dec 14, 2014 rated it really liked it
Love's Affliction is exactly the kind of novel that I love reading: emigration, intercultural relationships... I'm really addicted to these topics and deep involved in them since I have married a Mexican and have a daughter with him! I really want to thank the author for sending me a free copy of his book!
Fidelis O. Mkparu's novel is a highly entertaining and well written book about the difficult love story between two college students coming from completely different worlds. Wendy Crane is whit
Anita Lock
Dec 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Joseph Fafa, a Nigerian student, begins his undergraduate medical studies in 1977 at North Carolina College. His first day there, Joseph meets Wendy Crane, a Caucasian student. Joseph is unaware that Wendy comes from a prestigious and powerful family. Because they are medical students, Joseph and Wendy spend a great deal of time studying together, and, over time, they fall in love. But it is the late 1970s, and interracial relations only exacerbate the bigoted diatribe lurking about campus. Jose ...more
Jennie Boyd
Nov 28, 2014 rated it really liked it
Jennie Boyd,MS.LLP,Love's Affliction was a very riveting novel that had me spell bound. I devoured this book in two days, and I was left hungry for more. The book was well written, and the author Fidelis O. Mkparu expressed himself eloquently. Mr. M kparu's vocabulary demonstrated a level of sophistication that was both refreshing and welcoming. love's Affliction took me through peeks and valleys. I was happy, frustrated, angry, pleased, and outraged. The author's ability to elicit all these emo ...more
Jun 04, 2015 rated it really liked it
Love’s Affliction starts off in the late 70’s, early 80’s, but the themes and events that happen are very relatable to modern day. The author writes VERY well… very descriptive and strong and we feel like we are almost watching a movie or something. The editing is near flawless, I notice these things, and for the most part the pacing was solid, but I though some parts dragged on a bit much and there were some conversations that didn’t really go anywhere. But overall an interesting, if not surrea ...more
Debbie Kennedy
Dec 06, 2014 rated it really liked it
I received a free copy of this book through goodreads. I very much enjoyed reading this story. Having never been in a relationship with someone of a different race, it is very easy to be ignorant of the struggles involved. Wendy, the girlfriend, was all over the map in terms of her behaviour. At one point, I thought maybe Joseph was being used as a part of a psychology experiment, but as it turns out, it was all just a reflection of their relationship and turmoils. The book was a good read.
Oct 25, 2014 rated it it was amazing
An amazing love story written by an author with a lot of imagination and an impeccable vocabulary. The interracial suffering both Joseph and Wendy experience creates a burden between their relationship throughout their love story. The cultural challenges and the emotional setbacks caused their forbidden love to diminish. This is a must read novel that keeps the reader enticed to the end.
Mackenzie Harding
Apr 10, 2015 rated it liked it
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Loves affliction is a sweet story. However, I found it a little had to get into with there being minimal character development at the beginning, and history of Joe's life before going to America would have been helpful. I enjoyed the book, and though the idea was good, and the plot was easy to follow. I would recommend it to a younger audience.
Nov 22, 2017 rated it it was ok
**I received this book as part of a Goodreads First Reads Giveaway.**

Okay, I didn't hate this book, but I didn't love it, either. I didn't find any of the characters particularly sympathetic. And the main female character was portrayed as totally manipulative (I'm not naive; I know there are people like that), but it felt contrived. I got the impression (after reading the short author bio on the back of the book) that this book MAY have been inspired by true events. Which can either go really we
Dec 28, 2014 rated it did not like it
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I received this book for free from a Goodreads Giveaway.

I really wanted to like this book, but it was so painful. It took forever to finish and honestly that was only so I could write a review and be eligible for other Goodreads giveaways. The book jumps around awkwardly - sometimes leaving big gaps in the story and other times staying on one scene for far too long. The dialogue was also painfully awkward. Sadly, I don't recommend this book at all.
Siraj Shaikh
Feb 10, 2015 marked it as to-read
It might not be too profound, but I got hooked immediately. And apparently I'm not the only one. All in all, this was one of the most entertaining books that I've read.
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Fidelis O. Mkparu was born in Onitsha, Nigeria, a Harvard-trained cardiologist who has written medical articles for both scientific and lay audiences. His previous novel, Love’s Affliction, was a 2016 Nautilus Book Awards Silver Winner for Fiction, a Reader Views Literary Award Winner for 2015/2016, and a finalist for the 2015 INDIEFAB Book of the Year Award for Multicultural Fiction. He lives in ...more

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