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Ghana Must Go

Selasi, Taiye (Book - 2013)
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
Ghana Must Go
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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"--Dust jacket flap.
Authors: Selasi, Taiye
Title: Ghana must go
Publisher: New York : Penguin Press, 2013
Characteristics: x, 318 p. :,geneal. table ;,24 cm
Statement of Responsibility: Taiye Selasi
Notes: "A novel"--Jacket
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"--Dust jacket flap.
ISBN: 1594204497
9781594204494
Branch Call Number: FICTION SELASI 2013
Subject Headings: Ghana Fiction Absentee fathers Fiction Fathers Death Fiction Families Ghana Fiction
Topical Term: Absentee fathers
Fathers
Families
LCCN: 2012039674
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A renowned Ghanaian surgeon unable to put his personal suffering aside, abandons his immigrant family to fend for themselves in Boston. Years later, his sudden death in Accra brings together the family he abandoned to piece together their common history.

Comment by: 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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May 02, 2014
  • lostintheshelves rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

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.)

Apr 18, 2014
  • multcolib_darceem rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

A beautifully written and heart-wrenching story about family relationships and regret. This book had me completely mesmerized!

Jun 29, 2013
  • KSerá rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

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.

Mar 30, 2013
  • ssjhung rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

yes, interesting to read. Not as bad (NY Times, March 8, 2013), and not as good (The Economist, March 16, 2013).

Mar 11, 2013
  • Jane60201 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

An interesting book and topic but sometimes a little hard to follow.

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