In "So Long a Letter" one gets the deep feelings of an African woman, a middle aged Senegalese school teacher called Ramatoulaye. Ramatoulaye is an educated Muslim mother, who got abandoned by her husband, and who is finally faced with the new position in her life as a widow
In this absolutely magnificent book by Mariama Ba that is written in a poetic flow, Ramatoulaye determinedly adjusts to her changing roles and writes a letter to her close friend Aissatou, who now lives abroad as a single woman. Starting with her classic introduction of, "Our long association has taught me that confiding in other allays pain." Mariama Ba through Ramatoulaye begins her story and takes the reader into the world of Ramatoulaye's culture, her past and her hopes and dreams and forces the reader to confront the purpose of controversial traditions and religions in the lives of people in modern day Africa.
I recommend this book along with THE USURPER AND OTHER STORIES.