I have had this on my list to read for awhile and was really looking forward to it, but I think I read too many books about war torn countries lately and had reached my limit. The writing was good and the characters well developed, and Ngozi Adichie certainly achieved her goal of showing the lows people sink to when in the trenches of war, atrocity, and trauma. But, without giving anything away, my favorite character commits a heinous and inexcusable act about 60 pages from the end of the book, and I had to skim the rest after that, being left with the feeling that all was hopeless. I didn’t care very deeply for the other characters, either, which made it more tough to read.
Definitely recommend for someone who loves historical literary fiction and wants to learn more about a tumultuous time in Nigerian history. Made me grateful for never having to witness or experience that kind of adversity.