New novel portrays plight of women in arranged marriages

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Child-bride utters ‘A Cry Within’ in author Joy Agwu’s moving, poignant tale

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tells the untold stories of those who are deprived of the ability to choose their own fates and their own lives

TRALEE, Ireland – Joy Agwu tells the story of two siblings who must fight against the tradition of arranged marriage. In the face of a superstitious, tradition-bound family, they only have each other. “A Cry Within” (published by Xlibris) tells the untold stories of those who are deprived of the ability to choose their own fates and their own lives.

“A Cry Within” describes two children who were born of the same parents, a brother and sister who are always in constant disagreement with each other. The boy tends to be very playful and unconcerned, while the girl is very articulate in all her ways. Their parents believed so much in superstition and tradition, and this brings consistent divergent opinions between these parents and their two children.

The girl, who is in the center of everything, envisaged the coming of an evil day and succeeded in drawing her brother’s attention to her thoughts and feelings concerning a traditional ritual that was performed on her behalf when she was two years old.

The boy was so troubled that he vowed that his sister must not marry a man whom she was betrothed to at the age of two, maintaining that his sister has the right of speech and freedom to choose who she wants as a husband. He swears to stop at nothing to save her sister from being a victim of a tradition, which he considers an injustice against women and children.

“A Cry Within” is a highly relevant novel that portrays the plight of countless women and children

“A Cry Within”
By Joy Agwu
Hardcover | 6 x 9 in | 230 pages | ISBN 9781499040685
Softcover | 6 x 9 in | 230 pages | ISBN 9781499040692
E-Book | 230 pages | ISBN 9781499040678
Available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble

About the Author
Joy C. Agwu is a Nigerian-born author who lives in Ireland. Her writing replicates a preoccupation with themes of family, faith, community, spirituality, and psychological well-being and portrays her hatred for injustice. For more information about her work, including new and forthcoming titles, interested parties can visit her official website at:

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 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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