Tuesday, December 17, 2013

G223 Book Review of Wifey by Fey Ugokwe

Name of Book: Wifey

Author: Fey Ugokwe

ISBN: 9780615764900

Publisher: Pink Purse International

Type of book: Move, recession, 2008, California, Trinidad, folklore, witches, cooking, abuse, Dallas Texas

Year it was published: 2013


When life as a curiously paired, young married couple in California--in the midst of a growing state and national economic crisis--becomes literally unworkable, Rodney, an earnestly toiling, playboy of a husband, unilaterally determines that he and P.V., his ambitious but naive, exotic wife, should relocate to Texas. So P.V., a struggling sophomore realtor and avid foodie, and Rodney, a newly unemployed marketer and sports addict, sell virtually everything they own and embark upon a downsized existence in the heart of North Texas--Dallas. But an eerie and horrifying morning dream that P.V. previously experienced becomes a dark and ever-unfurling, pain-filled prophesy that ultimately threatens the very foundations of their humanity. Sex, depravity, despair, and an uneven pavement of good intentions lead to a black, one-way road with a shocking and hair-raising end.


There are important characters there, but the two most important are P.V. and Rodney as well as P.V.'s friends Georgina and Juanita. P.V. comes from a traditional household of ancestors from Trinidad and is best described as talented with selling houses and cooking food that everyone seems to enjoy. She is also naive and isn't experienced when it comes to men. She defied her family to stay with Rodney. Rodney, before the move to Texas is best described as hard-working and often called P.V. wifey or girl or Bourgeois Princess . He didn't seem to use terms of endearments with her, and with nothing to do he begins to do narcotics as well as other stuff. He is very controlling. Georgina and Juanita both have loving husbands and families and they encourage P.V. to expand her cooking skills.


Be careful of everything


Its written in third person point of view primarily from P.V.'s point, as well as that of her husband by the name of Rodney. What I did like is that the author did explain why and how their situation descended into what it had, but I'm a bit confused about Rodney being a playboy as well as a sports addict. I also couldn't really understand how he seems to be a sports addict. The ending part with the Reverend also seems to be confusing to me: is this novella a karma type message or of something else?

Author Information:
(from goodreads.com)

born Washington, D.C., The United States
gender female
genre Fiction
member since March 2013

Fey Ugokwe is an attorney, new novella author, and the founder/owner of a socially-conscious media activity. She was born in Washington, D.C., raised in Pennsylvania, and attended both college--where her major was political science--and law school in Massachusetts. Culturally, Fey is the product of a marriage between two foreign students--one from British Guiana, South America, and the other from Nigeria, West Africa. She was taught to read and write at the age of three by her maternal grandmother, a British-trained schoolteacher, and has been writing fiction and poetry since a child. She received her formal training in novel writing, genre fiction writing, contemporary fiction writing, and political fiction writing in Massachusetts, where her professors included renowned authors Joe Haldeman (Massachusetts Institute of Technology), (the now late) Elzbieta Chodakowska (Massachusetts Institute of Technology), and Askold Melnyczuk (Harvard University). Her interests are, namely, in genre, contemporary, and political fiction, and she has a strong interest in uniquely combining the essences of the three, in order to highlight the underpinnings of the human experience.


I'm not sure how to describe this book besides the fact it had a strange beauty that I had a hard time understanding and relating to. I have to admit that the cover seems to convey a wrong story because when I saw the cover, I thought I'd be with a strong woman who is doing various pranks throughout the book, or someone who can be on her own so to speak. Instead I got a tale of domestic abuse and of a woman who seems to have potential to grow into someone stronger, but instead she doesn't seem to accomplish it. I also wasn't prepared for dialogue to go into local vernacular tongue that I had to decipher a lot of times.

This is for Pump Your Books Tour

3 out of 5
(0: Stay away unless a masochist 1: Good for insomnia 2: Horrible but readable; 3: Readable and quickly forgettable, 4: Good, enjoyable 5: Buy it, keep it and never let it go.)

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