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Man gets married, man has an affair, man returns to wife, man has another affair years later with the same woman, man again returns to wife and suffers for the rest of his life. Nunez's fourth novel aims to put a new spin on this tried-and-true soap opera by interjecting lectures about African traditions and liberation. Oufoula is an African diplomat who lies as part of his job and who lies to his wife, his lover, and himself. He has the seemingly perfect life the African wife and family and the "second wife," the Jamaican artist who awakens his passion yet he wants more. In the end, he chooses tradition and reputation over love. While Nunez's prose is strong, her characters are flat and uninteresting, and her novel becomes just another story about a man who agonizes because he can't have everything he wants. For libraries that don't already have the author's works in their collection, this is a marginal purchase. Ellen Flexman, Indianapolis-Marion Cty. P.L.
Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information, Inc.--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Elizabeth Nunez is and underrated writer. She is a master at what she does. It is amazing in the novel how she writes from a male point of view and it is entirely belivable. Read morePublished on April 25, 2011 by Phyllis Noble
At first it seemed so implausible, Oufoula's strong desire for a woman he had not met or spoken with, a woman he desired merely because she shared the name of a fantasy woman... Read morePublished on June 23, 2003 by kaymickey
What a well crafted book, Elizabeth did a great job narrating the story in Oufula's voice. She was Inside his head and his heart the whole way through. Read morePublished on September 24, 2002 by Mahogany Book Club
Nunez painted a wonderfully written yet complex portrait of a man torn between two lovers. The tale was not reduced to being contrite, sleazy, or grimy. Read morePublished on September 17, 2002 by Shahidah