Under the Udala Trees (Chinelo Okparanta)

"Maybe love was some combination of friendship and infatuation.  A deeply felt affection accompanied by a certain sort of awe.  And by gratitude."

"Maybe love was some combination of friendship and infatuation. 
A deeply felt affection accompanied by a certain sort of awe. 
And by gratitude."

Nigeria / 2015

"Ijeoma comes of age as her nation does; born before independence, she is eleven when civil war breaks out in the young republic of Nigeria. Sent away to safety, she meets another displaced child and they, star-crossed, fall in love. They are from different ethnic communities. They are also both girls. When their love is discovered, Ijeoma learns that she will have to hide this part of herself. But there is a cost to living inside a lie." - GoodReads. Side note- has anyone ever noticed that the overwhelming majority of novels set in Africa have suns on the cover? Google it and see for yourself. It's ridiculous.