Book Clubs

Choosing Daughters for your book club? Please send me an email to discuss how I can be part of your meeting.

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS

  • In your opinion, what is the “path” these daughters walk?
  • How does the relationship between Morayo and her mother change throughout the novel? Why do you think Bisoye reacted the way she did to Morayo’s assault and what kind of ripple effect does it have on the family?
  • Stories, tales, and fables play a big part in the novel. How did you respond to them? Did they make you see the characters and their situations in a new light?
  • Morenike and Morayo both experience undeserved abuse, but their families’ reactions are very different. Why do you think this is the case? Did reading Morenike’s story affect your understanding of Morayo’s situation?
  • Did your perception of modern-day Nigeria change after reading the book? If yes, in what way? Did any specific passages or sections of the book stand out for you?
  • How did you react to Bros T’s acts of contrition? Do you think he truly regrets his past behaviour or do you think he is still trying to exert his control over Morayo? Explain.
  • The author explores forgiveness and its repercussions repeatedly throughout the novel. What kind of a role does forgiveness play in Morayo’s later life? Who does she have the most difficultly forgiving?
  • How does Morayo evolve throughout the book? Is there a pivotal moment that revealed to you that she had developed into a woman?
  • Some of the cultural traditions explored in the novel make the emotional pain of sexual abuse even more severe. Were there also rituals and traditions in the book that ended up serving women rather than oppressing them?
  • How would you compare the contemporary views of sexual violence in Nigeria with those in North America? What are the similarities and differences? Do you see a link between Nigerians’ attitudes toward governmental politics and the sexual politics found in the country?