Ghana Must Go

Ghana Must Go

Book - 2013
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Introducing a powerful new novelist whose evocation of an unforgettable African family is testament to the transformative power of unconditional love

Kwaku Sai is dead. A renowned surgeon and failed husband, he succumbs suddenly at dawn outside the home he shares in Ghana with his second wife. The news of Kwaku's death sends a ripple around the world, bringing together the family he abandoned years before. Ghana Must Go is their story.

Electric, exhilarating, beautifully crafted, Ghana Must Go follows the Sais' journey, moving with great elegance through time and place to share the truths hidden and lies told, the crimes committed in the name of love. In the wake of Kwaku's death, the family gathers in Ghana at the home of their mother, Fola. The eldest son and his new wife; the mysterious, beautiful twins; their baby sister, now a young woman--all come together for the first time in years, each carrying secrets of his own. What is revealed in their reunion is the story of how they came apart.

But the horrible fragility of the world they have built soon becomes clear, and Kwaku's leaving begets a series of betrayals that none of them could have imagined. Splintered, alone, each navigates his pain, believing that what has been lost can never be recovered--until, in Ghana, a new way forward, a new family, begins to emerge.

Ghana Must Go is at once a portrait of a family and an exploration of the importance of where we come from and our obligations to one another. In a sweeping narrative that takes us from West Africa to New England to London, Ghana Must Go teaches us that the stories we share with one another can build a new future.

Publisher: Toronto : Hamish Hamilton, c2013
ISBN: 9780670065707
Branch Call Number: SEL
Characteristics: x, 318 p. :,geneal. table ;,24 cm


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Nov 20, 2017

This was a fantastic read! I was not able to find anything else by this author yet, but I will definitely be keeping a look out. Taiye Selasi writes with such eloquence. And she uses very descriptive and poetic language to depict the very real emotions felt in this book. I will admit, I found her style a bit tricky to follow at first, but once you wrap yourself around it, you are able to really immerse yourself in each character and their perspective. Really a great book!

Oct 05, 2017

I loved this book. I especially loved the writing. It was so different and so beautiful and descriptive. You could see and smell and feel what's going on. I was so surprised that it got anything other than four or five stars!

Jun 11, 2015

This novel is the story of the children, all in some way damaged, of a doctor, an immigrant to the US, who reassemble in Ghana upon his death. The themes of the book include immigration and identity. It is well-written (although at times over-written), but is very introspective and entirely Western despite the author's intent, stated elsewhere, to present an alternative portrait of Africa. It is autobiographic and almost devoid of social and political content. Despite the hype upon its release, this author is no Adichie.

May 02, 2014

Taiye Selasi is a protégée of Toni Morrison, and her style shows it. Her story about one dysfunctional Nigerian-Ghanaian family traces two parents and four kids across three different continents, and uses some Morrisonian plot elements and a similar almost-stream-of-consciousness voice. There are a couple of first-novel problems, but overall it's terrific book, and if you've enjoyed Toni Morrison you will probably love it (as my entire book club did). If you find literary fiction hard to follow, it may not be to your taste. (There also is some sexual abuse of young teenagers.)

multcolib_darceem Apr 18, 2014

A beautifully written and heart-wrenching story about family relationships and regret. This book had me completely mesmerized!

Jun 29, 2013

Told from the point of view of most of the members of this family that has been fractured by the immigrant experience, this book reminded me of "Cutting for Stone". Not only is the father a doctor from Africa working in the US, but the loving but difficult family relationships resonate in the same way.

Jane60201 Mar 11, 2013

An interesting book and topic but sometimes a little hard to follow.

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