Ghana Must Go

Ghana Must Go

Book - 2013
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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.
Publisher: London : Viking, c2013.
ISBN: 9780670919871
Characteristics: x, 318 p. ; 24 cm.

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Ktdunahoo
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!

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uncommonreader
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.

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lostintheshelves
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!

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KSerá
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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