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  • Ghana Must Go

  • By: Taiye Selasi
  • Narrated by: Adjoa Andoh
  • Length: 12 hrs and 18 mins
  • 4.2 out of 5 stars (127 ratings)

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Ghana Must Go

By: Taiye Selasi
Narrated by: Adjoa Andoh
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Summary

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 Audio

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Interesting story

I found it to be accurate and mirror the aspirations of the struggles success and failings of African immigrants and the complexity of the relationships they have with extended families back home.

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A grippimg 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.

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Ghana must go And

Entrancing. A beautiful story of a death and the lives of a Ghanaian/Nigerian family to be read and re-read. .

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Beautifully written

This books is so beautifully written and will have you reaching for your box of tissues. The descriptions are so poignant and insightful. The orator reads so well, she brought each character to life. Can’t wait for Taiye Selasi’s next one!

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Lovely & sad

Really enjoyed the book but I really wish there was closure. Seems incomplete for me

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Well written, but not for me

Good story, but just couldn't connect with it.. narration was OK, I'm nigerian and some of the pronunciations weren't authentic enough for me

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Awesome debut

This audiobook is inspired, interesting and very gripping. Brilliantly narrated, like watching a 3D movie.

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alright

it was only really gripping towards the end of the book, took a very long time to actually get into ths good parts of the book, it was all just a bit ambiguous and confusing due too many climatic points.. long for nothing but honestly if you have patiences go ahead.. I understand the concept of having a climax but this was just too much

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Eloquent writing of an emotional story

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

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Great writing, great reading.

This was a wonderful novel, and a brilliant reading performance. Adjoa Andoh gives you a terrific sense of the heart of each character.

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