Ghana Must Go
By Taiye Selasi
Penguin Press, Hardcover, 9781594204494, 318pp.
Publication Date: March 5, 2013
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Moving with great elegance through time and place, "Ghana Must Go "charts the Sais circuitous journey to one another. In the wake of Kweku's death, his children gather in Ghana at their enigmatic mother's new home. The eldest son and his wife; the mysterious, beautiful twins; the baby sister, now a young woman: each carries secrets of his own. What is revealed in their coming together is the story of how they came apart: the hearts broken, the lies told, the crimes committed in the name of love. Splintered, alone, each navigates his pain, believing that what has been lost can never be recovered until, in Ghana, a new way forward, a new family, begins to emerge.
"Ghana Must Go "is at once a portrait of a modern family, and an exploration of the importance of where we come from to who we are. In a sweeping narrative that takes us from Accra to Lagos to London to New York, "Ghana Must Go" teaches that the truths we speak can heal the wounds we hide.
In Taiye Selasi's debut novel, members of the Sai family have trouble assimilating both in the United States and while in Ghana for the patriarch's funeral. Host Michel Martin speaks with Selasi about her novel and the immigrant experience. More at NPR.org
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