Uju Amanambu crafts poignant tale depicting woes of mental illness

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New book ‘A Broken Rose’ follows life of mentally ill young woman as she battles against superstitious judgment

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LAGOS, Nigeria – In her new novel, “A Broken Rose” (published by Xlibris), author Uju Amanambu crafts a poignant, stirring tale about a young woman who deals with abuse, alienation and torture from an impoverished and deeply religious village that stigmatizes anything strange.

Taking place in a poor, superstitious village in Eastern Nigeria and in a wealthy suburb of metropolitan Lagos, Nigeria, readers follow a young woman who is ostracized and abused by her ignorant society for being different and thought of as “possessed.” She in truth suffers from mental illness, and without proper treatment she finds herself in a pitfall of disintegration and danger. This touching and resonant story is a call to action, awareness that a person may need proper medical help when they do not conform to societal norms, not isolation, churches or traditional homes.

“A Broken Rose” takes readers on a startling journey from an erosion-ridden, superstitious village, through the practices of a dying pagan religion to the modern world of a wealthy and influential family troubled with secrets as it follows the life of a young woman burdened with the detrimental gravity of mental illness. It is a combination of fiction, stark reality and a call for reform in a society plagued with superstition and religion.

“A Broken Rose”
By Uju Amanambu
Hardcover | 6 x 9in | 320 pages | ISBN 9781503566170
Softcover | 6 x 9in | 320 pages | ISBN 9781503566187
E-Book | 320 pages | ISBN 9781503566194
Available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble

About the Author
Uju Amanambu is very passionate and outspoken about the domestic and cultural issues plaguing her society. In “A Broken Rose” she explores the unpopular views and stigma associated with being different in a society rife with superstition, religion and overt ignorance; lending a voice to the “branded.” Amanambu is from Nnewi North, Anambra, Nigeria. By day, she manages projects and when evening calls, she relaxes with writing, yoga or a book.

Xlibris Publishing, an Author Solutions, LLC imprint, is a self-publishing services provider created in 1997 by authors, for authors. By focusing on the needs of creative writers and artists and adopting the latest print-on-demand publishing technology and strategies, we provide expert publishing services with direct and personal access to quality publication in hardcover, trade paperback, custom leather-bound and full-color formats. To date, Xlibris has helped to publish more than 60,000 titles. For more information, visit xlibris.com or call 1-888-795-4274 to receive a free publishing guide. Follow us @XlibrisPub on Twitter for the latest news.

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