Rarely does an adolescent love reach its full potential. What happens when, after eleven years, two lovers come together again? Pilar has become an independent and strong young woman. Her childhood friend has become a handsome spiritual leader. She has learned to bury her feelings, while he has turned to religion as a refuge from his inner conflicts.
Sector IV is a story of love and loss, of choice and consequences. It is a story of a woman’s search for happiness and the near illusiveness of ‘happily-ever-afters’. It is set in Nigeria of 1967-1971. Sector IV is a historical romance story set around the Biafra war in a small village in Eastern Nigeria, Nchara. Onyinyechi is to be married to the love of her life, Duke, only to learn of his death that same day. She realizes that she is pregnant for Duke and to save her family from embarrassment, she marries Okwuduwa who can’t have children. Okwuduwa is already married to a woman named Ogechi and he is the richest and most well-travelled man in the village. The war escalates and Ogechi has to make difficult choices even after the war ends.
In these wide-ranging stories, Barrett roams the streets with people from all stations of life. A minor policeman, full of the authority and corruption of his uniform, beats his wife. A family’s fortunes fall from love and wealth to infidelity and poverty as poor choices unfurl over three generations.
Things Fall Apart tells two intertwining stories, both centering on Okonkwo, a “strong man” of an Ibo village in Nigeria. The first, a powerful fable of the immemorial conflict between the individual and society, traces Okonkwo’s fall from grace with the tribal world.