Curbside pickup and returns now available at 26 locations. View updated hours of operations here.

Mr. and Mrs. Doctor
(Adobe EPUB eBook, Kindle Book, OverDrive Read)

Book Cover
Average Rating
5 star
 
(0)
4 star
 
(0)
3 star
 
(0)
2 star
 
(0)
1 star
 
(1)
Published:
Coffee House Press 2015
Status:
Available from OverDrive
Description

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 has short stories and novel excerpts appearing or forthcoming in the Kenyon Review, Passages North, the Cream City Review, and the Tampa Review, among other journals. She is a finalist for the PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize for Debut Fiction. Mr. and Mrs. Doctor is her first novel.

Also in This Series
Formats
Adobe EPUB eBook
Works on all eReaders (except Kindles), desktop computers and mobile devices with reading apps installed.
Kindle Book
Works on Kindles and devices with a Kindle app installed.
Need Help?
If you are having problem transferring a title to your device, please fill out this support form or visit the library so we can help you to use our eBooks and eAudio Books.
More Like This
Other Editions and Formats
More Copies In LINK+
Loading LINK+ Copies...
More Details
Format:
Adobe EPUB eBook, Kindle Book, OverDrive Read
Street Date:
04/20/2015
Language:
English
ISBN:
9781566893985
ASIN:
B00V58MGQM
Reviews from GoodReads
Loading GoodReads Reviews.
Citations
APA Citation (style guide)

Julie Iromuanya. (2015). Mr. and Mrs. Doctor. Coffee House Press.

Chicago / Turabian - Author Date Citation (style guide)

Julie Iromuanya. 2015. Mr. and Mrs. Doctor. Coffee House Press.

Chicago / Turabian - Humanities Citation (style guide)

Julie Iromuanya, Mr. and Mrs. Doctor. Coffee House Press, 2015.

MLA Citation (style guide)

Julie Iromuanya. Mr. and Mrs. Doctor. Coffee House Press, 2015. Web.

Note! Citation formats are based on standards as of July 2010. Citations contain only title, author, edition, publisher, and year published. Citations should be used as a guideline and should be double checked for accuracy.
Copy Details
LibraryOwnedAvailable
Shared Digital Collection11
Staff View
Grouped Work ID:
fecf1fbb-5e06-00d9-ab6d-334fc98d43d3
Go To Grouped Work
Needs Update?:
No
Date Added:
Jun 12, 2018 15:13:22
Date Updated:
Jun 12, 2018 15:13:22
Last Metadata Check:
Jun 20, 2021 03:37:20
Last Metadata Change:
May 23, 2020 13:40:57
Last Availability Check:
Jun 20, 2021 03:37:23
Last Availability Change:
Aug 06, 2018 10:34:53
Last Grouped Work Modification Time:
Jun 22, 2021 02:27:32

OverDrive Product Record

sortTitle
Mr and Mrs Doctor
crossRefId
2184644
images
    • cover:
        • href: https://img1.od-cdn.com/ImageType-100/6852-1/{64F65B8D-DABC-46A3-9B07-EE5C152BCF16}Img100.jpg
        • type: image/jpeg
    • thumbnail:
        • href: https://img1.od-cdn.com/ImageType-200/6852-1/{64F65B8D-DABC-46A3-9B07-EE5C152BCF16}Img200.jpg
        • type: image/jpeg
    • cover150Wide:
        • href: https://img1.od-cdn.com/ImageType-150/6852-1/64F/65B/8D/{64F65B8D-DABC-46A3-9B07-EE5C152BCF16}Img150.jpg
        • type: image/jpeg
    • cover300Wide:
        • href: https://img1.od-cdn.com/ImageType-400/6852-1/64F/65B/8D/{64F65B8D-DABC-46A3-9B07-EE5C152BCF16}Img400.jpg
        • type: image/jpeg
formats
      • identifiers:
            • type: ISBN
            • value: 9781566893985
      • name: Adobe EPUB eBook
      • id: ebook-epub-adobe
      • identifiers:
            • type: ASIN
            • value: B00V58MGQM
      • name: Kindle Book
      • id: ebook-kindle
      • identifiers:
            • type: ISBN
            • value: 9781566893985
      • name: OverDrive Read
      • id: ebook-overdrive
mediaType
eBook
primaryCreator
    • role: Author
    • name: Julie Iromuanya
id
64f65b8d-dabc-46a3-9b07-ee5c152bcf16
title
Mr. and Mrs. Doctor
starRating
3.6
dateAdded
2016-02-11T20:23:00-05:00
contentDetails
      • href: https://link.overdrive.com/?websiteID=141&titleID=2184644
      • type: text/html
      • account:
          • name: Sacramento Public Library (CA)
          • id: 1151

OverDrive MetaData

isPublicDomain
False
images
    • cover:
        • href: https://img1.od-cdn.com/ImageType-100/6852-1/{64F65B8D-DABC-46A3-9B07-EE5C152BCF16}Img100.jpg
        • type: image/jpeg
    • thumbnail:
        • href: https://img1.od-cdn.com/ImageType-200/6852-1/{64F65B8D-DABC-46A3-9B07-EE5C152BCF16}Img200.jpg
        • type: image/jpeg
    • cover150Wide:
        • href: https://img1.od-cdn.com/ImageType-150/6852-1/64F/65B/8D/{64F65B8D-DABC-46A3-9B07-EE5C152BCF16}Img150.jpg
        • type: image/jpeg
    • cover300Wide:
        • href: https://img1.od-cdn.com/ImageType-400/6852-1/64F/65B/8D/{64F65B8D-DABC-46A3-9B07-EE5C152BCF16}Img400.jpg
        • type: image/jpeg
isPublicPerformanceAllowed
False
formats
      • fileName: MrandMrsDoctor9781566893985
      • partCount: 0
      • fileSize: 752707
      • identifiers:
            • type: ISBN
            • value: 9781566893985
      • rights:
            • type: Copying
            • value: 0
            • type: Printing
            • value: 0
            • type: Lending
            • value: 0
            • type: ReadAloud
            • value: 0
            • type: ExpirationRights
            • value: 0
      • name: Adobe EPUB eBook
      • id: ebook-epub-adobe
      • onSaleDate: 04/20/2015
      • samples:
            • source: From the book
            • formatType: ebook-overdrive
            • url: https://samples.overdrive.com/mr-and-mrs-64f65b?.epub-sample.overdrive.com
      • fileName: MrandMrsDoctor9781566893985
      • partCount: 0
      • fileSize: 0
      • identifiers:
            • type: ASIN
            • value: B00V58MGQM
      • name: Kindle Book
      • id: ebook-kindle
      • onSaleDate: 04/20/2015
      • samples:
            • source: From the book
            • formatType: ebook-overdrive
            • url: https://samples.overdrive.com/mr-and-mrs-64f65b?.epub-sample.overdrive.com
      • fileName: MrandMrsDoctor9781566893985
      • partCount: 0
      • fileSize: 752655
      • identifiers:
            • type: ISBN
            • value: 9781566893985
      • name: OverDrive Read
      • id: ebook-overdrive
      • onSaleDate: 04/20/2015
      • samples:
            • source: From the book
            • formatType: ebook-overdrive
            • url: https://samples.overdrive.com/mr-and-mrs-64f65b?.epub-sample.overdrive.com
languages
      • code: en
      • name: English
creators
      • role: Author
      • fileAs: Iromuanya, Julie
      • bioText:

        Julie Iromuanya has short stories and novel excerpts appearing or forthcoming in the Kenyon Review , Passages North, the Cream City Review , and the Tampa Review , among other journals. Her writing has been shortlisted for several awards, including the Glimmer Train Family Matters and Very Short Fiction prizes, and the Kenyon Review Short Fiction Contest. She has been awarded scholarships and fellowships for the Sewanee Writers' Conference, Bread Loaf Writers' Conference, and the Vermont Studio Center. She earned her PhD from the University of Nebraska–Lincoln and was the inaugural Herbert W. Martin Post-Graduate Fellow at the University of Dayton. A scholar and writer, Iromuanya teaches for the creative writing MFA at the University of Arizona. Mr. and Mrs. Doctor is her first novel.

      • name: Julie Iromuanya
subjects
      • value: Fiction
      • value: Literature
publishDate
2015-04-20T00:00:00-04:00
publishDateText
04/20/2015
mediaType
eBook
shortDescription

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 has short stories and novel excerpts appearing or forthcoming in the Kenyon Review, Passages North, the Cream City Review, and the Tampa Review, among other journals. She is a finalist for the PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize for Debut Fiction. Mr. and Mrs. Doctor is her first novel.

isOwnedByCollections
True
title
Mr. and Mrs. Doctor
fullDescription

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 has short stories and novel excerpts appearing or forthcoming in the Kenyon Review, Passages North, the Cream City Review, and the Tampa Review, among other journals. She is a finalist for the PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize for Debut Fiction. Mr. and Mrs. Doctor is her first novel.

sortTitle
Mr and Mrs Doctor
crossRefId
2184644
reviews
      • premium: False
      • source: Gilmore Guide to Books
      • content:

        Longlisted for the 2016 Etisalat Prize for Literature

        Shortlisted for the PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize for Debut Fiction

        Longlisted for the National Book Critics Circle's John Leonard Award

        Finalist for 2016 PEN/Faulkner Fiction Award

        Pioneer Press, "Best Minnesota Books"

        San Francisco Chronicle, "Best of 2015: 100 Recommended Books"

        "Iromuanya tackles many subjects—marriage, race, immigration, families . . . the interplay between Job's rigid and secretive bluster and Ifi's attempt to build a new American life never loses its poignancy." —New York Times Sunday Book Review

        "This refreshingly well-drawn debut novel is peopled with lively, engrossing characters who reflect a sophisticated understanding of human nature and relationships. Against a backdrop of the micro- and macroaggressions African expats endure in the West, Iromuanya presents a fascinating and often hilarious drama of marriage, highlighting the discrepancies between who we say we are and who we really are." —Kirkus Reviews

        "This tale of two Nigerian immigrants pretending to live the American dream in small-town Nebraska is heartbreakingly funny and terribly sad, a remarkable feat of storytelling, in which all the characters' isolated longings and frustrations are intimately felt, yet register on the grand tragicomic scale of human folly."—Star Tribune

        "Iromuanya skillfully explores the cultural challenges Job and Ifi encounter within their Nebraska community, rendering a complex, rich portrait of their lives." —Publishers Weekly

        "Rather than marring her novel with moral didacticism and chastising Job and Ifi for their many lies. . . . [Iromuanya reveals] the very human weaknesses that we all share—the unwillingness to admit failure, and the desire to see ourselves reflected well in the eyes of others." —The Rumpus

        "Translation is one of the levers of Iromuanya's wonderful novel, which also puts to good use the storyteller's tool kit of equivalences, false and true, inversions and reversals, all within a story that manages to make the most intimate idiosyncrasies and failures at once minutely, movingly real even as they map the comic and the tragic in a large and classical fashion." —The Star Tribune

        "Each of the characters falls victim, in turn, to the human weakness that we all share: the need for acceptance and approval, and to see ourselves reflected well in the eyes of others. The perennial immigrant tale of heartbreak, poverty and discrimination rings familiar in Mr. and Mrs. Doctor, even in the American heartland where we pride ourselves on friendliness and acceptance." —The Lincoln Star Journal

        "Iromuanya weaves this tale of a mismatched couple with dark humor and careful observation. . . . Her insights into assimilation—its difficulties and pitfalls—are astute and at times, eye-opening." —BookPage

        "Mr. and Mrs. Doctor tells a wonderfully intricate, honest story of two strangers-turned-partners surviving the 21st century American Dream." —NewPages

        "I found Mr. and Mrs. Doctor compulsive reading and kept guessing what was going to happen next. . . . Success stories often read as if they are forced, not really true. Mr. and Mrs. Doctor has a ring of authenticity about it." —CounterPunch

        "In agile prose, Iromuanya creates an...

      • premium: True
      • source: Publisher's Weekly
      • content:

        June 22, 2015
        Iromuanya's debut novel opens during the awkward wedding night in Nigeria between arranged couple Job and Ifi Ogbonnaya. Although naturally wary of her new mate, Ifi believes her husband is a successful, wealthy doctor in America, but he's actually a nurse's assistant who failed out of the University of Nebraska. Ifi is also unaware that Job married a twice-divorced American named Cheryl in exchange for a green card years earlier, and then divorced her before marrying Ifi. Financially challenged Cheryl resurfaces before Ifi arrives in her new home, asking for funds. The crux of Iromuanya's world lies in Job's vast capacity for continued delusions of grandeur. No matter how dire the circumstances, Job manages to find a way to manufacture superiority: "The more he spoke, the bigger the promises, the larger he felt." Iromuanya skillfully explores the cultural challenges Job and Ifi encounter within their Nebraska community, rendering a complex, rich portrait of their lives.

      • premium: True
      • source: Kirkus
      • content:

        April 15, 2015
        Newlywed Nigerian expats in America attempt to cement their careers and social standing as an ex's return threatens the life they're building. Job Ogbonnaya has returned to his Nigerian homeland for an arranged marriage with Ifi, who has been seduced by Job's reputation as a big doctor in America. Job has also promised to send Ifi to an American university to study nursing. But after a rocky beginning in which Ifi is repulsed by Job's rough sexual advances-everything Job "knew about sex he learned from American pornography"-things only get worse. Job isn't a doctor with a fancy house; he's a nurse's aide living in a run-down walk-up. With one year left on his student visa, he dropped out of college; his American citizenship is the result of a green-card marriage to a twice-divorced woman from Nebraska. And when Ifi learns the truth about Job from his scheming ex-wife, Iromuanya embarks on a masterful exploration of the interplay of desire, loyalty, and ambition. Ifi has no desire to admit Job's failure to the world and lose the respect of her Nigerian community back home, but Job has no desire to make good on his ongoing promises of medical school and a better life in America. And so the masquerade continues, the clock counting down on just how long Job and Ifi's charade can last. This refreshingly well-drawn debut novel is peopled with lively, engrossing characters who reflect a sophisticated understanding of human nature and relationships. Against a backdrop of the micro- and macroaggressions African expats endure in the West, Iromuanya presents a fascinating and often hilarious drama of marriage, highlighting the discrepancies between who we say we are and who we really are.

        COPYRIGHT(2015) Kirkus Reviews, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

awards
      • source: PEN/Faulkner Foundation
      • value: PEN/Faulkner Award Finalist
popularity
91
publisher
Coffee House Press
links
    • self:
        • href: https://api.overdrive.com/v1/collections/v1L1BWwAAAA2I/products/64f65b8d-dabc-46a3-9b07-ee5c152bcf16/metadata
        • type: application/vnd.overdrive.api+json
id
64f65b8d-dabc-46a3-9b07-ee5c152bcf16
starRating
3.4