Mr. and Mrs. Doctor

Mr. and Mrs. Doctor

Ifi and Job, a Nigerian couple in an arranged marriage, begin their lives together in Nebraska with a single, outrageous lie: that Job is a doctor, not a college dropout. Unwittingly, Ifi becomes his co-conspirator?that is until his first wife, Cheryl, whom he married for a green card years ago, reenters the picture and upsets Job's tenuous balancing act. Julie Iromuanya ha Ifi and Job, a Nigerian couple in an arranged marriage, begin their lives together in Nebraska with a single, outra...

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Title:Mr. and Mrs. Doctor
Author:Julie Iromuanya
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Genres:Fiction
ISBN:Mr. and Mrs. Doctor
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Format Type:Paperback
Number of Pages:292 pages pages

Mr. and Mrs. Doctor Reviews

  • Rachel
    Apr 18, 2016
    Iromuanya does this thing where in the beginning the situations her characters find themselves are absurd and even funny, and I found myself wondering where this was going. But then I got to know the characters and their stories and it wasn't so funny anymore, I was rooting for them, I...
  • Ellen
    Jan 31, 2016
    I liked this, for the most part, but I think Iromuanya didn't really get as far into her characters' heads as I hoped for. Some of their actions kind of came out of nowhere--anything Job and Cheryl did together, especially. The time-jump between parts 2 and 3 also didn't serve the stor...
  • Chris
    Jan 17, 2017
    I struggled with the prose in this work. Though a great story, Iromuanya lacked any type of fluidity of wording, which made progress difficult. And there were some historical inconsistencies that annoyed me. For example, the story takes place in the mid-eighties. Yet the main character...
  • Phyllis
    Oct 03, 2016
    Struggled to get into this book and gave up. ...
  • Mocha Girl
    Nov 14, 2014
    Well told story of African immigrant's "dream deferred" in America -- I can't help but think this was inspired by actual experiences. Sad and bittersweet -- touches on so many challenges, stereotypes, familial obligations/expectations, tribal traditions, old and new customs, issues wit...
  • David
    Apr 06, 2015
    This is an impressive first novel. The characters are wonderfully rich, and their richness is skillfully woven up into the complexity of the plot. The story has quite a pull as well, and definitely interests early and throughout. I'm betting I'll be hearing quite a bit about this book ...
  • Catherine at The Gilmore Guide to Books
    May 02, 2015
    Job?s father sends him from their homeland in Nigeria to America to study to become a doctor. Instead of doing so, Job flunks out of college but continues to tell everyone he is still studying. At twenty-four he uses some of the tuition money on a green card marriage thus ensuring he...
  • Trudy
    Jun 16, 2015
    After I realized two stars meant the book was "ok", I had to change it to one star. This book was NOT OK for me. It was annoying, exasperating, maddening, and boring! ...
  • Lisa
    Nov 20, 2015
    I think I've read this immigrant story before. The plot isn't unique but it does explore some insights to the racism new citizens and residents experience when they come to the USA. They lie to relatives in Nigeria about living the American Dream while they live in dilapidated housing ...
  • Vicki Myatt
    Feb 19, 2018
    The points made about how difficult it is to be an immigrant are well taken and the only positive thing I can say about the book, but the plot is so disjointed and there are so many story lines that are started but never expanded that it becomes a jumble of ideas. The characters are no...
  • Cat
    Jan 22, 2019
    liked the writing. didn't like the story. hated the characters. ...
  • Kate Z
    Sep 03, 2015
    This book took me a LONG time to read. That doesn't mean it wasn't good; in many ways it was good - but it was a difficult and slow read. The main character, Job, is intentionally named for the Biblical figure of the same name and, like Job, he remains faithful to "the American dre...
  • Sarah
    Dec 29, 2016
    I have mixed feelings about this book. One one hand, it gave interesting insight into a culture I'm not a part of, but on the other, the storytelling was a bit disjointed and I didn't find any of the characters to be even remotely likeable. ...
  • Amanda
    May 06, 2015
    An interesting story about the lies people keep and why they keep them and how we dance around the pink elephants in the room in the interest of self preservation. I really enjoyed this book. It was well written and the author was great in our Rumpus chat. Being a child of Nigerian imm...
  • Susan
    Jul 29, 2016
    An arranged marriage, an immigrant story, and a single lie...to start. The story is propelled by lies and love and struggle. It is a story i could relate to even though, on the surface, I have nothing in common with the characters. The narrative is brisk and evocative. ...
  • Carla
    Oct 26, 2016
    This plodded along somewhat. The characters were very well developed, but the story line just got old and didn't move like it should. In essence, it's the story of a Nigerian immigrant, and what starts is his marriage to an American to obtain his Green Card, and then how this comes bac...
  • Samuel Maina
    Jan 19, 2017
    This book aptly captures the struggles that people who live abroad (USA) go through trying to convince those back home that they are doing well by putting up a face. That is not to say that there are no people that are doing well out there but that a majority do not do well. Job Ob...
  • Mary Wherry
    Apr 06, 2016
    Did not like enough to keep reading. ...
  • Michael Martin
    Oct 18, 2015
    This was a brilliant novel! It is the story of a lie, or a series of lies -- a fiction within a fiction -- as a Nigerian immigrant named Job deceives his family and his new wife, telling them he is a doctor when, really, he works as a nurse's aid and on the line in a slaughterhouse to ...
  • Shannon
    Mar 13, 2016
    It pains me to do this; you'll note it even took a few days. But after this book got off to a 4-4.5 star start, I now know why the rating is hovering around 3 stars. Thoughts coming soon.... ...
  • Zia Okocha
    Feb 01, 2018
    I really liked the way this book encapsulated so many aspects of the (Nigerian) immigrant experience that I feel often gets glossed over. There were so many times I could feel myself saying I can relate to that, and wondered if my parents or their friends had similar experiences. S...
  • Margaret
    Jan 25, 2017
    It is very easy to deduce that the author is a child of immigrants. Her Igbo words and pronunciations are off, but not enough to distract from the substance of the book. The beginning of it called Adichie's "The Arrangers of Marriage" back to memory- disillusionment, lies, shattered...
  • Doug Green
    Aug 04, 2016
    Dismal A bunch of non likable characters with no redeeming qualities in dismal situations with dismal results Such a depressing novel. I kept waiting for something good to happen or for Job to get his act together....but no....the story just ended with a slight hint that they mig...
  • Lisa McDonald
    Oct 16, 2015
    Great new author with potential. Immigrant story that shows the pressures of the family putting all their eggs in one basket and coming to America in search of the golden ring. Plot reminds me a little of the movie "Mother of George". ...
  • Arnav Anshul
    Jul 07, 2016
    At no point while reading the book was I curious and think "what happens next?". Some parts of the story were excessively elaborated while other parts just glossed over as if nothing happened. Surprisingly found this to be true for most of the major events in the book. ...
  • UCI New Books Lobby
    Dec 02, 2016
    Find it at UCI Libraries: http://antpac.lib.uci.edu:80/record=b... ...
  • KamariLyrikal
    Jul 29, 2019
    This book...I enjoyed but hated. Another book full of lies, betrayal and cheating; but that is what makes it interesting. I found myself offended and irritated by how African Americans were viewed and spoken about, but that is life. Africans vs African Americans is a sensitive subject ...
  • Emily Koopmann
    Jun 28, 2017
    A book that takes place in your hometown. ...
  • Ijeoma Wogu
    Apr 16, 2019
    5 stars because of how frightened I was after reading this. Talk about rude awakening. It gave me simpleton-phobia. ...
  • Lark Benobi
    May 02, 2016
    Job and Ifi are living breathing three dimensional characters who are somehow dropped into a plot that feels like a piece of Ikea furniture still disassembled and in its box. Is it a table? Is it a bookcase? the two central characters are so strong and believable, so I had high hopes, ...