Chinua Achebe

The Breakdown

The story is centered around Okonwo, the son of Unoka. Unoka was a foolish and lazy man who squandered his way through life and eventually died, leaving his wife and children destitute. Okonwo seeks to be better than his father and has gained a reputation for his hotheadedness.
Soon, due to his temper, Okonwo finds his life turned upside down and faces a new world as his family has been exiled. After he returns to his village, Umuofia, he finds that things are not as they left them. After trying to fight for his old way of life, Okonwo realizes things are falling apart and commits suicide.