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ELUSIVE SON: Coming Soon


Janet is married to Morris, who is an only son. It is customary practice among their ethnic group to prohibit women from

inheriting property. A man who dies without siring a male heir

therefore forfeits his property to male relatives (brothers and

uncles). Janet must therefore bear a male child for Morris. Clara,

a feisty and extroverted woman, is Morris’s mother. She is also

interested in the male blood line of the family avoiding extinction

after her son. Janet’s first, second and third children are all girls.

She is depressed and deems herself an “inadequate woman.”

Clara marries a young girl named Sylvia for Morris without his

knowledge. Their culture permits this, by the way. Morris, who still loves Janet, rejects the marriage when he learns about it.

Janet’s fourth child is yet another girl. Morris reconsiders his position about Sylvia, accepts her as his second wife, carries on a discreet relationship with her and she bears him a son, but this event occurs after Morris had promised Janet a trip to the USA for

sex selection treatment. They travel to America where Janet

receives treatment. During the ensuing pregnancy, her fifth,

Janet finds out that Morris has fathered a child with Sylvia. She is

hurt and suicidal. They reconcile and she goes on to bear him

that elusive son. Morris now has a polygamous and bifurcated

family, and a new challenge in uniting it under one roof.

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