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What do you do when the love of your life becomes the thorn of your life? Lillian Badmus cannot print out the reason why he beats her. Richard Badmus cannot say in particular what her offence is. He loves her, wants to keep her happy, yet the creak of pain is never far from the house. She loves him, but the pain has become unbearable. Will she stay? Will he change? Budding Lily narrates the story of a young couple in the heart of Lagos faced with the problem of childlessness and domestic violence in a society that lays emphasis on fertility. In a powerful and enthralling debut, Atinuke Adepoju narrates the story of the modern African woman and her patience, resistance and fight against an abnormal norm. She tells the story of love, pain,hope and change in a country that is on the verge of change.