AFRIKULT.’S OVERALL RATING:
Chinelo Okparanta’s Happiness Like Water brings together a melange of short stories centred on contemporary issues faced by Nigerian women. In a powerful and lucid language, the lurid details of women subjected to the failings of a sexist society finds a voice. Whether trudging through the cruel accounts of domestic violence or sexual prejudice, the narrators tone maintain a compassionate composure that speaks volume of the continuing exploitation of women within male hegemonic structures. Although harrowing in tone but with a liberating narrative, she offers her protagonists redemption from their devastating lives. Chinelo Okparanta’s dark beguiling stories are marinated in rich delicate proses that makes the reader salivates for more.