Saturday, May 25, 2013

Book with Buzz - Ghana Must Go by Taiye Selasi

Ghana Must Go (M) is the debut novel by Nigerian-Ghanaian author Taiye Selasi. It has been generating a lot of buzz in literary circles.

"This arresting first novel comes garlanded with mighty expectations: translated into umpteen languages already, the author mentored by no less than Toni Morrison, advance approval from Salman Rushdie and cover quotes from Penelope Lively and Teju Cole.  

Is the hype justified? The generous answer is yes, though I worry about how the talented Taiye Selasi can follow this stunning opening act." - The Guardian

Book Summary:

Kweku Sai is dead. A renowned surgeon and failed husband, he succumbs suddenly at dawn outside his home in suburban Accra. The news of Kweku’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 is a testament to the transformative power of unconditional love, from a debut novelist of extraordinary talent.

"Unleashing a strong new literary voice, Selasi joins other gifted writers such as Zadie Smith and Edwidge Danticat with connections to Africa or the African diaspora" - Library Journal

"A finely crafted yarn that seamlessly weaves the past and present, Selasi's moving debut expertly limns the way the bonds of family endure even when they are tested and strained." - Booklist

"Selasi's gorgeous debut is a thoughtful look at how the sacrifices we make for our family can be its very undoing... Reminiscent of Jhumpa Lahiri but with even greater warmth and vibrancy, Selasi's novel, driven by her eloquent prose, tells the powerful story of a family discovering that what once held them together could make them whole again." - Publisher Weekly

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