Ghana Must Go (Paperback)
"Ghana Must Go is one of those stories that makes you care about a family. Not because you want to be part of that family, but because their story is the story of all families. Their strengths and weaknesses, failures and triumphs are captivating and compelling. Most of all, their secrets and the revelation of those secrets are what makes their lives together seem so real."--Reviewed by Dora
The more I read, the more I wanted to know what happened. The author skipped from father to mother to children at various times in their lives not as a device to pull the reader along, but to help understand the person’s motivation. This is an author I plan to watch.— From Dora Recommends
A "buoyant" and "rapturous" debut novel (The Wall Street Journal) about the transformative power of unconditional love Electric, exhilarating, and beautifully crafted, Ghana Must Go introduces the world to Taiye Selasi, a novelist of extraordinary talent. In a sweeping narrative that takes readers from Accra to Lagos to London to New York, it is at once a portrait of a modern family and an exploration of the importance of where we come from to who we are. A renowned surgeon and failed husband, Kweku Sai dies suddenly at dawn outside his home in suburban Accra. The news of his death sends a ripple around the world, bringing together the family he abandoned years before. Moving with great elegance through time and place, Ghana Must Go charts their circuitous journey to one another and, along the way, teaches us that the truths we speak can heal the wounds we hide.
About the Author
Taiye Selasi was born in London and raised in Massachusetts. She holds a B.A. in American studies from Yale and an M.Phil. in international relations from Oxford. "The Sex Lives of African Girls" (Granta, 2011), Selasi's fiction debut, will appear in Best American Short Stories 2012. She lives in Rome.