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A black child born in England, Eshun was frequently asked a confounding question: "Where are you from?" For many, such a question prompts a straightforward answer. But Eshun's identity was solidly split between African and European, and not as simple as black and white. Living out his adolescence in socially stratified British society, he regularly found himself an outsider. His Ghanaian parents taught their children both dignity and respect, but following a coup, those lessons prove more difficult as Eshun's father is stripped of his diplomatic position and the family topples from its lofty perch.
At 33, lonely, deeply discontent and haunted by nightmares, Eshun feels a longing for home and journeys to Africa to find it. Though welcomed warmly by the Ghanaian people, he is a stranger there, too, and finds more questions than answers await him. His travels through Ghana are physical, metaphysical, and historical, as he traverses the length of the land he hoped would help forge his identity. What he discovers instead is the history of Africa and the Atlantic slave trade, a tangled mess lived by his own forebears. Thoughtfully written, Eshun's ironic yet heartfelt journey offers a profound exploration of identity, of race, and of "a country remaking itself under the gaze of its elective gods." (Fall 2006 Selection)