Ghana Must Go: A Novel

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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 ...

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Overview

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.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780143124979
  • Publisher: Viking Penguin
  • Publication date: 1/28/2014
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 336
  • Sales rank: 237,661
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Taiye Selasi

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.

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  • Posted July 6, 2013

    A Master piece! Very well done Ms. Selasi. I'm a fan!

    A Master piece! Very well done Ms. Selasi. I'm a fan!

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 5, 2013

    Highly recommend

    I haven't read any other books by this writer but now I am a fan. The one she builds the story kept me turning pages. As well as the accurate descriptions of people and places. It's truly a unique voice and eccentric way to weave a story.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 18, 2013

    "Ghana Must Go" is the poignant, indelible tale of an

    "Ghana Must Go" is the poignant, indelible tale of an immigrant family, brought together by the promise of the American dream, torn apart by the nightmare of racism and betrayal by family, but ultimately reunited by the power of love and African tradition.  A stylistic tour-de-force, this novel enthralls and enchants.  Selasi's supple lyricism is informed by a fierce, unblinking intelligence that analyzes the fatal legacies of colonialism as deftly as it plumbs the recesses of the individual human heart.  In "Ghana Must Go" the political is personal, and the personal is political.  When you reach the final pages of this glorious celebration of the power of language, you pray the story will never end.  This is a book of substance to be savored by seaside vacationers and scholars alike.  In her underground classic essay "Bye Bye Babbar," the brainy and unearthly beautiful Ms. Selasi has already added a new term--"Afropolitan"--to contemporary discourse about the African Diaspora.  If this is the Age of Afropolitanism, "Ghana Must Go" is its founding testament.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 18, 2013

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    Very confusing to get into this story. I'm having a struggle to keep going...maybe it will get better by page 150? YIKES...!!

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 18, 2013

    Finding home

    Ultimately we are all searching for the place we call home. Wanting so much to buy into what others define for us. Depending on your generation and culture it can be harder than it appears. Taiye Selasi deals with race as Americans view it, West African culture, loss as only Africans know it and a desire to move past our past. Amazingly touching and relatable to a person of any race but particularly to those of us who are made of more than one race. It touched me in so many way.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 18, 2013

    A Beautiful Must Read

    This book was beautifully written. As the book progresses, you become engulfed in the drama and trials of the family and see their growth over time. It is definitely a must read.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 10, 2013

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    Rich, complex, distinct character development of a family in the

    Rich, complex, distinct character development of a family in the wake of Kweku Sai's death. The characters are sympathetic through their flaws, and their reactions are plausible given how family history has affected them differently. Different, worthwhile.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 29, 2014

    TO HIGHLY RECOMMEND4/5/2014

    Sorry darlin",I tapped into MORE BY THIS AUTHOR and it looks like GHANA MUST GO is TAIYE SELASI'onlly book as of yet.It's been a little over a year since you posted your review so who knows,SELASI may have a work in progress as we're"SPEAKING"Good luck Doll. Be kind to one another. Granny B.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 8, 2013

    one star

    one star

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