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From Barnes & NobleKwasi Edward Michael Dankoh was the only one of his Ghanaian parent's children delivered in a hospital, a breech birth. Named Edward after the doctor who saved his mother's life, Michael after the patron saint of the sickly, and Kwasi to mark the Sunday on which he was born, Eddie had large shoes to fill even as an infant. Sent first to live with his father in Botswana, later he is dispatched to boarding school back in Ghana, where a series of events chart a new course for this remarkable young man.
Involved in an illicit relationship and blamed for a mysterious death, Eddie flees to the capital city of Accra and reinvents himself as Eddie Signwriter, billboard and mural painter extraordinaire. Thus begins the long journey that will take him even farther from his family and their village.
Eddie's secrecy drives him first to Dakar and from there to France, where he's determined to start a new life among the illegal immigrant communities in Paris. But back in Ghana, Eddie's family and neighbors suspect that he's up to no good.
In his debut novel, Schwartzman tells an evocative story that moves from the sweep of the African landscape to the chaos of the Parisian arrondissement that becomes Eddie's new home. Eddie Signwriter is a marvelous, fast-moving tale at once intimate and international; a story that recognizes the necessity of loss as it embraces the possibility of hope and redemption.