Erewarifagha Green, or Ere as she is known to friends and family, has a secret. Having lived a life of sacrifice for the wider needs of her extended family, she had cared for them when they were sick, made sure their needs were met and bore a financial burden which almost broke her. But now, after tragedy and a reminder that life is but a short and fleeting phase, she now has the chance for some happiness. For the first time in her life, as she hurtles towards the milestone of turning 40, Ere is in love. But can she break free from the shackles she has become so used to? Or will her culture continue to dominate her life? For Ere there is a stark choice: continue living in the shadows or allow her rightful self to become apparent.
Firi Kamson has a wonderful way with words that is almost transparent to the reader. I hope she continues to write, and next time gives me a few hundred more pages to sink my "teeth" into.
"I have a secret. In three days, I'll be turning 40 and I'm in love for the first time. Decades ago, I sacrificed my life for the good of my family. But tragedy struck too close to home, reminding me of the brevity of life. Now I have a choice to make: continue living in the shadows or allow my true self to emerge."