The Son of the House is filled with drama and loss and hope, weaving together the lives of these women who help each other navigate the patriarchal society that threatens to smother them.... Onyemelukwe-Onuobia leaves the readers with no choice but to identify with these women, to understand them and to feel their pain. It’s beautifully written and intimate; an incredible first novel and hopefully the first of many.
A powerful and intimate narrative of bravery, of overcoming personal injustice, and having the strength to face difficult truths about oneself.
Onyemelukwe-Onuobia's book immerses you fully in a Nigerian culture with the words and context faithfully glued to it... If you are going to read any new book on Nigeria, this one is it.
The Son of the House is a compelling novel about two women caught in a constricting web of tradition, class, gender, and motherhood.
Foreword Reviews, starred review
Onyemelukwe-Onuobia's intimate study of the issues facing contemporary Nigeria resonates, and her masterly storytelling makes this consistently entertaining. The result is as moving as it is thought-provoking.
The Son of the House is a powerful voice-driven novel that draws from fables and Nollywood to create a moving portrait of female friendship, diverted dreams, and heavy grief ... powerful and nuanced feminist fiction.
Quill & Quire
Descriptive and thought-provoking, with exquisite storytelling, this is the kind of literature I believe is vital for us to understand the lives of someone other than ourselves.
United Library Services
An inspiring story of two indomitable women who find ways to rise above the limitations imposed by a repressive society.
The Miramichi Reader
The Son of the House draws you in slowly and keeps you wondering ... a page-turning, eye-opening, full-of-drama read with a surprise ending.
The Son of the House uncovers crucial dimensions of women’s lived experiences in postcolonial Africa. Cheluchi Onyemelukwe-Onuobia is among this generation of women writers redefining womanhood. Her work further challenges female invisibility in Africa.