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La Bastarda by Trifonia Melibea Obono
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La Bastarda: A Novel is a groundbreaking novella in multiple ways. Not only is it the first book focusing on lesbian characters from an Equatorial Guinean; it's also the first book by an Equatorial Guinean woman to be translated into English.

This is a story about a young girl trying to break free from the Fang tribal traditions of her village; both the traditions that will take her away from her true desires by insisting that she marry a man and use her body to benefit the tribe by reproducing, and those that take her away from the people that she loves, such as her Uncle Marcelo who has been rejected from the village for similar reasons.

The writing was easily accessible and conveyed some very difficult content in a very balanced way so that the book did not feel overly heavy or depressing. There was also an almost childish innocence to the way the four girls are presented that I really liked, and the way the forest becomes the place of safety felt almost like a fairytale.

An interesting book, and delighted that my #ReadTheWorld journey brought it to my attention!
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Reading Progress

September 8, 2018 – Shelved
September 8, 2018 – Shelved as: to-read
December 8, 2018 – Shelved as: lgbtqia
February 22, 2019 – Started Reading
February 23, 2019 – Shelved as: 2019-yorwoc
February 23, 2019 – Shelved as: fiction
February 23, 2019 – Shelved as: feminism
February 23, 2019 – Shelved as: needs-trigger-warning
February 23, 2019 – Shelved as: read-2019
February 23, 2019 – Shelved as: read-the-world
February 23, 2019 – Shelved as: read-women-19
February 23, 2019 – Shelved as: read-women-world
February 23, 2019 – Shelved as: unreadshelf2019
February 23, 2019 – Shelved as: aty-2019
February 23, 2019 – Finished Reading

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