The unabridged, downloadable audiobook edition of Taiye Selasi's Ghana Must Go, read by the actress Adjoa Andoh. This is the story of a family - of the simple, devastating ways in which families tear themselves apart, and of the incredible lengths to which a family will go to put itself back together.
It is the story of one family, the Sais, whose good life crumbles in an evening; a Ghanaian father, Kwaku Sai, who becomes a highly respected surgeon in the US only to be disillusioned by a grotesque injustice; his Nigerian wife, Fola, the beautiful homemaker abandoned in his wake; their eldest son, Olu, determined to reconstruct the life his father should have had; their twins, seductive Taiwo and acclaimed artist Kehinde, both brilliant but scarred and flailing; their youngest, Sadie, jealously in love with her beautiful college friend. All of them sent reeling on their disparate paths into the world. Until, one day, tragedy spins the Sais in a new direction.
This is the story of a family: torn apart by lies, reunited by grief. A family absolved, ultimately, by that bitter but most tenuous bond: familial love. Ghana Must Go interweaves the stories of the Sais in a rich and moving drama of separation and reunion, spanning generations and cultures from West Africa to New England, London, New York and back again. It is a debut novel of blazing originality and startling power by a writer of extraordinary gifts.
©2013 Taiye Selasi (P)2013 Penguin Books Limited
When I read the synopsis of the book, I was very excited about it. That's what got me buying it in the first place (with actual money, rather than as part of my monthly credit , hence why it's even more disappointing) .
The book started really slow and tedious , going back and forth into the past and back to the present .
It's ok when being read as an actual book then you can always go back previous pages for reference , but harder when being listened to as an audio book as I did .
Perhaps it was because I had been so underwhelmed earlier, but when it did get better it didn't lift me as much as I would have liked . The synopsis made it sound so much more promising and exciting than it actually was .
The narrator had issues with accents too.
It was an OK book, I wouldn't read it again though.
Beautifully narrated by a very talented linguist, evoking sounds and smells therefore accurate vision of US, Ghana and Nigeria. At first I thought too descriptive, however persisting on a long car journey, paid off to reveal a very touching story
It didn't meet my expectations in regards to what the title could allude to (in my opinion). But it definitely does address conflict, both external and internal. If you find it to be a bit of a slow burner, keep listening to the end, it'll be worth it.
Not listened to many so cannot really Judge. Americanna by Adichie was great though!
My favourite character was Kehinde, I thought he was quite deep and thoughgtful.
I could never read fiction, only read non-fiction. I think she made the story engaging and real.
Yeah I was close to tears towards the end, so many things were unravelled.
The story was initially boring, I nearly stopped listening but It soon became enjoyable and I had to finish it.
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