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The Joys of Motherhood Genre

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Literary Fiction

The Joys of Motherhood explores the psychological depths of one woman, Nnu Ego, struggling to maintain her traditional values while living in a modern, westernized, and industrialized urban setting. It seems as though Nnu Ego is opposed from every side, even though the people opposing her claim to be upholding her values. We are also able to observe how Western values within an urban African city undermine her husband's manhood, with direct consequences for Nnu Ego.

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