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Orphan Sisters Paperback – 21 Sept. 2017
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I highly recommend this moving, gripping story about a Nigerian family who start a new life in England, only to find themselves cruelly torn apart., KITTY NEALE
ORPHAN SISTERS is wonderful, affecting and refreshing, with characters and a story-line that weave together flawlessly. An important slice of social history that I recommend without hesitation., ALEXANDRA BROWN
About the Author
Lola Jaye has penned six novels and a self-help book for Quick Reads. Her work has been translated into several languages including Korean, German and Serbian. She grew up in South London and has also lived in Nigeria and America. She is a registered psychotherapist and currently runs a private practice in London.
Keep up to date with Lola via her website: www.lolajaye.com
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It's about two Nigerian sisters - Lanre and Mayowa, who arrive in the UK - with their mother - to join their father who had gone on ahead. Set in fifties London, their arrival starts off as a great adventure to the girls - but a warm welcome doesn't always await. Apart from the lady next door whom the sisters soon call "Auntie Ginny". In the windows of lodging houses are signs warning: ‘no blacks, no dogs, no Irish’.
This novel travels from the 1950s up to the 1980s: it's at times a tough read, and at others a triumph against the odds. Hardship ensues, death arrives, a new sister is born, and three little girls (one a baby) end up in care. As the tale unfolds, secrets begin to be revealed, and can the sisters stay strong, and together - when they're small children facing big threats? I do hope that Lola doesn't mind when I say that it reminded me of Barbara Taylor Bradford and Dorothy Koomson. The writing is beautiful, the reading will transport you back to a London you may not know, and I loved it! So much so that I kept waking in the middle of the night to read more. Get cross with the system, get mad at the racism, fall in love with the characters.
Hope against hope. An emotional tour de force. It's not a miserable book, even though it tackles tough times head on. There's much love and affection, and humour here, all delivered with Lola Jaye's cracking writing style. Indeed, I laughed, I cried, I cried, I smiled, I cheered on, I cried - hopefully I can get a good night's sleep now.
I so enjoyed the book that I had to ship a copy to my bestest friend in Denmark.
Oh! Lola Jaye if you are reading this, I hope you are working on the follow up because the ending left me full of imaginations.